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Volume 12, Number 8—August 2006


Qinghai-like H5N1 from Domestic Cats, Northern Iraq

Samuel L. Yingst*Comments to Author , Magdi D. Saad*, and Stephen A. Felt*
Author affiliations: *US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, Cairo, Egypt

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Detection of influenza A H5 by real-time PCR*

Tissue Chicken Goose Cat 1 Cat 2
Abdominal fluid ND + ND ND
Blood ND ND
Heart + ND ND ND
Trachea ND + +
Lung + + + +
Kidney ND ND ND
Spleen ND
Pancreas ND ND + +
Lymph node ND ND ND
Liver + ND +
Proventriculus + ND N/A N/A
Small intestine + + ND
Large intestine ND + +
Cecum ND + ND ND
Feces ND ND + ND

*ND, not done. Samples were tested by real time PCR for influenza A (matrix protein) and if positive, for H5 (7). All samples denoted as positive were positive for both influenza A and H5. Chicken samples were obtained previously by local veterinarians based on their sampling protocols. Goose and cat samples were obtained by S. Felt; only grossly abnormal tissues were sampled.

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Medline reports the volume should be "11" not "5" in reference 2 "Thanawongnuwech, Amonsin, Tantilertcharoen, Damrongwatanapokin, Theamboonlers, Payungporn, et al., 2005".