New bird flu found in Antarctic penguins

New bird flu found in Antarctic penguins

By Science News Staff, 17:33 PM May 7, 2014

Guest post by Beth Mole

Antarctica's Adélie penguins carry an avian flu virus that is unlike any other virus circulating in birds worldwide. Designated H11N2, the virus was found in less than 3 percent of the 301 formally attired birds tested and the infection is asymptomatic, researchers report online May 6 in mBio.

The virus carries genetic elements that resemble flu strains that circulated in the Americas between the 1960s and 1980s and may have diverged from an ancestral virus between 49 a...

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