Volume 74 (2024) Issue: 2024 No#1

First case of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Montenegro

Author(s): Bojan Adzic, Sejla Goletic, Nikola Pejoviс, Andrej Vizi, Nikita Yolshin

Keywords:, Avian influenza, HPAI, H5N1, Montenegro

Avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, is a highly infectious viral disease that affects birds, including wild water birds and poultry. The emergence and spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strains, such as H5N1, have raised concerns due to their potential to cause severe outbreaks and cross the species barrier, leading to human infections and global public health emergencies. In this study, we report the first case of HPAI H5N1 detection in Montenegro. Twenty-six carcasses of dalmatian pelicans were found in Skadar Lake, Montenegro, and the H5N1 subtype was confirmed through molecular testing in the samples from pelicans. The whole influenza genome was sequenced and belonging to clade was determined.

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ISSN: 0567-8315

eISSN: 1820-7448

Journal Impact Factor 2022: 0.6

5-Year Impact Factor: 0.9

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