Pathobiology of avian influenza virus infection in minor gallinaceous species: a review

Kateri Bertran, Roser Dolz, Natàlia Majó

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Susceptibility to avian influenza viruses (AIVs) can vary greatly among bird species. Chickens and turkeys are major avian species that, like ducks, have been extensively studied for avian influenza. To a lesser extent, minor avian species such as quail, partridges, and pheasants have also been investigated for avian influenza. Usually, such game fowl species are highly susceptible to highly pathogenic AIVs and may consistently spread both highly pathogenic AIVs and low-pathogenic AIVs. These findings, together with the fact that game birds are considered bridge species in the poultry-wildlife interface, highlight their interest from the transmission and biosecurity points of view. Here, the general pathobiological features of low-pathogenic AIV and highly pathogenic AIV infections in this group of avian species have been covered. © 2014 Houghton Trust Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-25
JournalAvian Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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