Ducks as Sentinels for Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Globig, Anja GND; Baumer, A.; Revilla-Fernandez, S.; Beer, Martin GND; Wodak, E.; Fink, M.; Greber, N.; Harder, Timm C. GND; Wilking, Hendrik GND; Brunhart, I.; Matthes, D.; Kraatz, Ulf GND; Strunk, P.; Fiedler, W.; Fereidouni, Sasan R. GND; Staubach, Christoph GND; Conraths, Franz Josef GND; Griot, C.; Mettenleiter, Thomas C. GND; Stark, K.D.C.

To determine the effectiveness of ducks as sentinels for avian influenza virus (AIV) infection, we placed mallards in contact with wild birds at resting sites in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Infections of sentinel birds with different AIV subtypes confirmed the value of such surveillance for AIV monitoring



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Globig, Anja / Baumer, A. / Revilla-Fernandez, S. / et al: Ducks as Sentinels for Avian Influenza in Wild Birds. 2009.


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