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Volume 14, Number 12—December 2008

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Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Chickens, Bangladesh

Paritosh K. BiswasComments to Author , Jens P. Christensen, Syed S.U. Ahmed, Himel Barua, Ashutosh Das, Mohammed H. Rahman, Mohammad Giasuddin, Abu S.M.A. Hannan, Mohammad A. Habib, Abdul Ahad, Abu S.M.S. Rahman, Rayhan Faruque, and Nitish C. Debnath
Author affiliations: Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chittagong, Bangladesh (P.K. Biswas, S.S.U. Ahmed, H. Barua, A. Das, M.H. Rahman, A. Ahad, R. Faruque, N.C. Debnath); Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark (J.P. Christensen); Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh (M. Giasuddin); Department of Livestock Services, Dhaka (A.S.M.A. Hannan, M.A. Habib); Department of Livestock Services, Joypurhat, Bangladesh (A.S.M.S. Rahman);

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Table 2

Samples sent to the Veterinary Laboratory Agency, UK, during outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, Bangladesh, 2007*

Month† No. samples sent Influenza virus subtype, no. positive
Hemagglutinin cleavage site motif
H5N1 H9N2
Jan 0 NA NA NA
Feb 0 NA NA NA
Mar 0 NA NA NA
Apr 13 12 1 PQGERRRKKRGLF
May 10 9 1 PQGERRRKKRGLF
Jun 8 6 1 PQGERRRKKRGLF
Jul 6 5 NA NA
Total 37 32 3 NA

*NA, not applicable.
†Month when the first clinical outbreak was reported.

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