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The strain has 2 mutations that might alter its susceptibility to the neuraminidase inhibitor class of antiviral drugs.
In other developments, Nepal reported its second H5N1 outbreak of the year, France continues battling several strains, and H5N8 triggered more European outbreaks.
The virus caused an outbreak in early February, but it was originally mistakenly reported as H5N8.
Active surveillance put in place after H7N9 emerged in neighboring China helped Myanmar identify H5N6 for the first time in poultry.
France reports three low-path strains that struck poultry last year, Greece detects H5N5 for the first time, and Germany detects high-path H5N2.
In addition to widespread H5N8, H5N1 is confirmed in Nigeria and H5N6 in Japan.
Meanwhile, many countries across Europe and Asia continue to battle outbreaks of several strains.
(CIDRAP News) Veterinary officials in Turkey have confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in the western part of the country near the border with Greece, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
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