Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Virus Clade, Western Siberia, Russia, 2020

Emerg Infect Dis. 2021 Aug;27(8):2224-2227. doi: 10.3201/eid2708.204969.


Two variants of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) virus were detected in dead poultry in Western Siberia, Russia, during August and September 2020. One variant was represented by viruses of clade and the other by a novel reassortant between clade and Eurasian low pathogenicity avian influenza viruses circulating in wild birds.

Keywords: H5N8; HPAIV; LPAIV; Russia; Western Siberia; avian influenza virus; clade; influenza; reassortment; respiratory infections; viruses; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild
  • Birds
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Influenza A Virus, H5N8 Subtype* / genetics
  • Influenza in Birds* / epidemiology
  • Phylogeny
  • Reassortant Viruses / genetics
  • Russia / epidemiology
  • Siberia / epidemiology