Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) A viruses. These influenza A viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide get flu A infections in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from flu infections. Subtypes differ are based on differences in two main proteins on the surface of the influenza A virus (hemagglutinin [HA], neuraminidase [NA] proteins). There are 16 known HA subtypes and 9 known NA subtypes of influenza A. Each combination represents different subtypes. Highly pathogenic Influenza A (H5N1) virus occurs mainly in birds and can be deadly to them. HPAI H5N1 virus does not usually infect people, but infections with these viruses have occurred in humans.
AmpliSens® Influenza virus A H5N1-FRT PCR kits are qualitative tests, containing the Internal Control in order to control the RNA extraction process and to identify PCR reaction inhibition.