Sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia Ancestry of Reassortant Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Virus, Europe, December 2019

Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jul;26(7):1557-1561. doi: 10.3201/eid2607.200165.


We report detection of a highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) clade virus in Europe. This virus was generated by reassortment between H5N8 subtype virus from sub-Saharan Africa and low pathogenicity avian influenza viruses from Eurasia.

Keywords: Eurasia; Europe; ancestry; clade; highly pathogenic influenza A(H5N8) virus; influenza; influenza virus; phylogeny; reassortant viruses; respiratory infections; sub-Saharan Africa; subtype; viruses.