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Volume 15, Number 3—March 2009


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) Outbreak in Captive Wild Birds and Cats, Cambodia

Stéphanie DesvauxComments to Author , Nick Marx, Sivuth Ong, Nicolas Gaidet, Matt Hunt, Jean-Claude Manuguerra, San Sorn, Ahmad M. Hakawi, Sylvie van der Werf, and Jean-Marc Reynes
Author affiliations: Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, Montpellier, France (S. Desvaux, N. Gaidet); WildAid, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (N. Marx, M. Hunt); Institut Pasteur du Cambodge, Phnom Penh (S. Ong, J.-M. Reynes); Institut Pasteur, Paris, France (J.-C. Manuguerra, S. Van der Werf); National Animal Health and Production Investigation Center, Phnom Penh (S. Sorn); University of Hong Kong and Queen Marie Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China (M. Peiris)

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Table 2

Morbidity rates for wild cats during outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1), Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, Cambodia, December 15, 2003–January 13, 2004

Order Family Species (common name) Cumulative morbidity rate, % (sick/at risk), no. sampled
Panthera leo (lion) 100 (2/2)
Panthera tigris (tiger) 80 (8/10), n= 1*
Catopuma temminckii (Asiatic golden cat) 100 (2/2), n = 1*
Panthera pardus (leopard) 100 (3/3), n = 1*
Neofelis nebulosa (clouded leopard) 100 (1/1), n =1*
Prionailurus bengalensis (leopard cat) 0 (0/16)
Prionailurus viverrinus (fishing cat)
0 (0/5)
Total 41 (16/39)

*All serum samples were positive (date of collection: March 4, 2004).

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