Two avian H10 influenza A virus strains with different pathogenicity for mink (Mustela vison)

Two avian H10 influenza A virus strains with different pathogenicity for mink (Mustela vison) We compared two strains of avian influenza A viruses of subtype H10 by exposing mink to aerosols of A/mink/Sweden/3 900/84 (H10N4) naturally pathogenic for mink, or A/chicken/Germany/N/49, (H10N7). Lesions in the respiratory tract during the first week after infection were studied and described. Both virus strains caused inflammatory reactions in the lungs and antibody production in exposed mink but only mink/84 virus was reisolated. The lesions caused by mink/84 virus were more severe with higher area density of pneumonia, lower daily weight gain, and more virus in the tissues detected by immunohistochemistry. The results indicate that mink/84 (H10N4), but not chicken/49 virus (H10N7), established multiple cycle replication in infected cells in the mink. Archives of Virology Springer Journals

Two avian H10 influenza A virus strains with different pathogenicity for mink (Mustela vison)

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