Avian Influenza H9N2 in the Middle East Countries
Husam Bakri*, MSD-Animal Health, Dubai, 502947, UAE.
*Currently at Vaxxinova
IntroductionThe avian influenza virus (AIV) H9N2 subtype was first characterized in 1966 as causing mild respiratory diseases in turkeys (Homme and Easterday, 1970) and, for the first decade after its isolation, was found only in shorebirds and mallards (Kawaoka, et al., 1988). However, after almost 50-years evolution and propagation, the H9N2 viruses have spread across most of the earth, ci...