Submitted to: American Association of Avian Pathologists
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/13/2002
Publication Date: 7/13/2002
Citation: Spackman, E., Suarez, D.L. 2002. Analysis Of The Avian Influenza Matrix Gene Of North American Wild Waterfowl Isolates. American Association of Avian Pathologists.
Technical Abstract: Wild waterfowl are considered to be the natural hosts for type A influenza. Therefore when the virus is introduced into other hosts, such as mammals or poultry, mutations occur in the genes of the virus as it adapts to and/or as variants are selected for within the new host. In order to better understand what changes occur we have attempted to determine a consensus sequence for the matrix gene of influenza isolated from wild waterfowl. Analysis, including comparison with previously sequenced influenza isolates, was performed on thirty new influenza matrix gene sequences from viruses isolated from North American wild waterfowl.