In vitro analysis of the effects of water quality on Avian Influenza Viruses viability
Creators:Warner, Amanda J.
Advisor:Gates, Robert J.
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Environment and Natural Resources Honors Theses; 2013
Avian-origin type A influenza viruses (AIV) are extremely variable. Much of the current research on type A influenza viruses has focused on transmission of the virus across bird species via direct contact. However, this experiment focuses on the water sources used by infected ducks as the source of infection. The objectives of this study were to examine the viability of low pathogenic avian influenza viruses (LPAIV) in the laboratory. As well as evaluating what environmental factors allow for LPAIV to have a higher viability in the environment. Furthermore, this research compared the viability of sporadically vs. frequently occurring LPAIVs isolated from the environment. The purpose of this study was to further analyze the effects of water quality on the viability of Avian Influenza Viruses. We demonstrated that more frequently isolated viruses showed a longer viability than less frequently occurring viruses under laboratory conditions. We also demonstrated that overall the viruses were most viable within the distilled water microcosms, which means that we may be overestimating the viability of AIV within water substrates.
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