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Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2013;53(4):193-197.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2013.53.4.193    Published online December 24, 2013.
Surveillance of wild birds for avian influenza virus in Korea
Dong-Hun Lee, Chang-Seon Song
College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University
야생조류에 대한 조류인플루엔자 예찰의 중요성과 연구 동향
이동훈, 송창선
건국대학교 수의과대학
Avian influenza viruses (AIV) have been isolated from a wide range of domestic and wild birds. Wild birds, predominantly ducks, geese and gulls form the reservoir of AIV in nature. The viruses in wild bird populations are a potential source of widespread infections in poultry. Active surveillance for AIV infection provides information regarding AIV distribution, and global AIV surveillance can play a key role in the early recognition of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Since 2003 in Korea, there have been four H5N1 HPAI outbreaks caused by clade 2.5, 2.2 and 2.3.2. Therefore, improvement of AIV surveillance strategy is required to detect HPAI viruses effectively. This article deals with the major events establishing the role of wild birds in the natural history of influenza in Korea. We highlighted the need for continuous surveillance in wild birds and characterization of these viruses to understand AIV epidemiology and host ecology in Korea.
Key Words: avian influenza, epidemiology, poultry, surveillance, wild bird

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