After sars-cov-2, will h5n6 and other influenza viruses follow the pandemic path?

D. Katterine Bonilla-Aldana, Mateo Aguirre-Florez, Rhuvi Villamizar-Peña, Estefanía Gutiérrez-Ocampo, Juan F. Henao-Martínez, Aleksandar Cvetkovic-Vega, Kuldeep Dhama, Ali A. Rabaan, Ranjit Sah, Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales, Patricia Schlagenhauf, Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi

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While the world is focused on attending, controlling, and mitigating the current pandemic of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2, other viral threats are pos-sibly emerging and reemerging especially in Asia, pos-ing a risk for the spread in that region and beyond. A predictable threat is the avian influenza virus, especially H5N6, which has recently led to significant outbreaks in China and the Philippines, deserving more attention and control. In the current review, we assess the histo-ry of this highly pathogenic reemerging virus, as well as the contemporary implications of poultry outbreaks occurring in some Asian countries. We also look at outbreaks due to other strains not only in Asia but also across Europe and Africa, according to recent reports from the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-485
Number of pages11
JournalInfezioni in Medicina
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Avian influenza
  • Emerg-ing
  • Emergency
  • H5N6; SARS-CoV-2
  • Pandemic


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