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Epidemiological surveillance of Influenza A viruses in migratory birds on the Amazon coast

Grant number: 09/10695-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2010
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Principal researcher:José Antonio Jerez
Grantee:Renata Ferreira Hurtado
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia (FMVZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The Avian Influenza virus has caused epidemics and pandemics flu in humans through the ages, however, this virus is able to cause weakness or death in several other animal species. Although the birds are the natural reservoirs of the Influenza virus, such significance only becomes visible when a major outbreak with substantial economic damage, or if the avian virus will affect humans. The genetic diversity of influenza virus and the existence of reservoir in wild birds, hinder the disease eradication, becoming a constant threat to public health. Even though there are programs for continuous monitoring of wild birds in many countries of the world, little is known about the movement of this virus in wild birds in Brazil. The use of Molecular Biology techniques for the detection of Avian Influenza virus can be very useful, fast and efficient for monitoring this virus. Thus, the proposal of our work aims at monitoring of the Influenza Virus type A by Real Time RT-PCR detection in samples collected from migratory birds in Brazilian Amazon region, during important periods of migration of these birds. (AU)

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HURTADO, Renata Ferreira. Epidemiological surveillance of avian influenza viruses in migratory birds on the Amazon coast. 2014. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia São Paulo.

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