Adlhoch C, Baldinelli F, Fusaro A, Terregino C
Clin Microbiol Infect - (-) - [2021-11-08; online 2021-11-08]
In our comment we outline the unprecedented situation on avian influenza virus in Europe and globally. We discuss the rapid emergence, diversification, global spread and impact of circulating avian influenza viruses of clade 188.8.131.52b in the light of increasing number of human cases globally and transmission events to other mammal species in Europe. Low levels of circulation of seasonal influenza due to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic might hamper the early identification of human avian influenza cases due to lack of awareness or testing. This comment aims to raise awareness among clinicians, microbiologists and animal, public as well as occupational health experts about the ongoing threat of avian influenza viruses to human health also in Europe.