Objectives: Between November 20, 2016 and April 17, 2017, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A/H5N6 occurred on poultry farms in Gyeonggi Province in the Republic of Korea. A serosurvey was conducted among poultry farmers to identify the transmission of HPAI A/H5N6 virus to humans. Methods: A descriptive study of 870 poultry farmers in Gyeonggi Province in Korea was conducted during the 2016–2017 outbreaks. Serological testing was performed using a microneutralization (MN) assay for antibodies against influenza A/duck/ES2/Korea/2016 virus, which has antigenic properties similar to those of the HPAI A/H5N6 virus that caused this poultry outbreak. Results: Overall, 523 exposed poultry farmers were assessed by serological testing. Consequently, all tested negative for HPAI A/H5N6 virus via MN assay. Conclusions: Based on serological assays, no transmission of HPAI A/H5N6 to humans was identified in this study cohort. Additional studies should be conducted to determine the possibility of poultry-to-human transmission of HPAI A/H5N6.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||International Journal of Infectious Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - 2018 Oct|
- Avian influenza
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases