TWiV 199: Of mice, ticks, and pigs

September 16, 2012

Amblyomma americanum tickHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Kathy discuss recent outbreaks of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Yosemite National Park and novel swine-origin influenza in the US midwest, and isolation of the Heartland virus from two patients in Missouri with severe febrile illness.

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  • Josh Powell

    In regards to the swine influenza story…a whole slew of reassortments between the pandemic human H1N1, which jumped back into swine and various classical swine origin strains are now occurring. Anywhere from 0 to 5 pH1N1 segments are found in the last 2 years within the swine H3N2 strains, don’t quote me, but I believe the one in the press lately says “only” the M segment of pH1N1….but at its heart ALL are derived from the TRIG-cassette.  I’ve been doing alignments on the pH1N1 human and the swine H3N2 isolates of the last 2 years and I can tell you that besides HA and NA the other 6 genome segments (NS1, PB1, PB2, etc) are still highly similar between human and swine.  What I find very interesting is high-path H5N1 is just fine in pigs…in fact pigs seem to tolerate many influenza strains with only minor symptoms.  What host factors do swine have or do not have compared to humans that allow this?  So little known about influenza in swine.

  • Dorian McILROY

    With respect to HFRS, if you are an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society – you’re in trouble!


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