Predicting 'airborne' influenza viruses: (Trans-) mission impossible?
Repeated transmission of animal influenza viruses to humans has prompted investigation of the viral, host, and environmental factors responsible for transmission via aerosols or respiratory droplets. How do we determine - out of thousands of influenza virus isolates collected in animal surveillance studies each year - which viruses have the potential to become 'airborne', and hence pose a pandemic threat? Here, using knowledge from pandemic, zoonotic and epidemic viruses, we postulate that the…
Volume 1, Issue 6, 01 December 2011, Pp 635-642
Sorrell, E.M. | Schrauwen, E.J.A. | Linster, M. | De Graaf, M. | Herfst, S. | Fouchier, R.A.M.