Poultry to Human Passport: Cross-species Transmission of Zoonotic H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus to Humans

Announcing a new article publication for Zoonoses journal. Human infections with H7N9 avian influenza virus were first reported in the early spring of 2013, in the Yangtze-delta region of China. This virus subsequently caused five successive epidemic waves from 2013 to 2018 with highest reported cases in the last wave making this strain the most successful zoonosis influenza virus in humans in recent decades. No H7N9 human infections have been reported since 2019, probably because of the extensive vaccination of poultry. Although zoonoses of H7N9 and other subtypes of avian influenza viral infections remain rare, the virus could acquire sufficient mammalian adaptive mutations to allow it to cause a future influenza pandemic. In this article the authors summarize the main findings on viral and host factors affecting the interspecies transmission of the H7N9 avian influenza virus.

Article reference: Yongkun Chen, Tian Bai and Yuelong Shu. Poultry to Human Passport: Cross-species Transmission of Zoonotic H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus to Humans. Zoonoses. Vol. 2(1). DOI: 10.15212/ZOONOSES-2021-0026

Keywords: cross-species transmission, H7N9 avian influenza virus, human

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