2010 Annual Report
Some strains of avian influenza virus have been zoonotic agents necessitating joint research between veterinary medicine and human health to solve the problems including the H5N1 high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) virus. The objective of this cooperative research project is to jointly study avian influenza viruses and paramyxoviruses (Newcastle disease) of poultry and wild birds that potential can cross between birds and humans. During 2010, one face-to-face planning sessions was held between ARS and the Cooperator at the Cooperator’s laboratory in Novosibirsk, Russia. The Cooperator conducted a preliminary study in catching and housing wild ducks for a future pathogenesis. The study demonstrated the ability to maintain the wild ducks in laboratory setting with ill effects to the birds. A collaborative surveillance study for avian influenza viruses in Ukraine was completed and several low pathogenic avian influenza viruses were isolated and characterized, but no highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses were isolated in the 3 year study.
Progress was monitored via email conversations with the cooperator. One face-to-face meeting occurred in 2010.