Title REVIEW] H5 influenza, a global update
Author Rhodri Harfoot and Richard J. Webby*
Address St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Bibliography Journal of Microbiology, 55(3),196-203, 2017,
DOI 10.1007/s12275-017-7062-7
Key Words H5N1, influenza, evolution, vaccine approach, current outbreaks
Abstract H5 influenza viruses have caused much alarm globally due to their high pathogenic potential. As yet we have not seen sustained spread of the virus amongst humans despite a high prevalence of the virus in avian populations. Nevertheless, isolated human cases of infection have demonstrated high mortality and there are substantial efforts being taken to monitor the evolution of the virus and to undertake preparedness activities. Here we review and discuss the evolution of the A/goose/Guangdong/1/96 (H5N1) virus with emphasis on recent events.