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The Asian countries chronically infected with avian influenza A H5N1 are 'global hotspots' for biodiversity conservation in terms of species diversity, endemism and levels of threat. Since 2003, avian influenza A H5N1 viruses have naturally infected and killed a range of wild bird species, four felid species and a mustelid. Here, we report fatal disseminated H5N1 infection in a globally threatened viverrid, the Owston's civet, in Vietnam, highlighting the risk that avian influenza H5N1 poses to mammalian and avian biodiversity across its expanding geographic range.

Original publication

DOI

10.1098/rspb.2006.3549

Type

Journal article

Journal

Proc Biol Sci

Publication Date

22/07/2006

Volume

273

Pages

1729 - 1732

Keywords

Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation of Natural Resources, Female, Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype, Orthomyxoviridae Infections, Phylogeny, Viverridae