Our understanding of the global ecology of avian influenza A viruses (AIVs) is impeded by historically low levels of viral surveillance in Latin America. Through sampling and wholegenome sequencing of 31 AIVs from wild birds in Peru, we identified 10 HA subtypes (H1- H4, H6-H7, H10-H13) and 8 NA subtypes (N1-N3, N5-N9). The majority of Peruvian AIVs were closely related to AIVs found in North America. However, unusual reassortants, including a H13 virus containing a PA segment related to extremely divergent Argentinian viruses, suggest that substantial AIV diversity circulates undetected throughout South America.
Nelson, M. I., Pollett, S., Ghersi, B., Silva, M., Simons, M. P., Icochea, E., Gonzalez, A. E., Segovia, K., Kasper, M. R., Montgomery, J. M., & Bausch, D. G. (2016). The genetic diversity of influenza A viruses in wild birds in Peru. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0146059