Isolation and characterisation of an H3N8 equine influenza virus in Australia, 2007 Academic Article uri icon


  • Before 2007, equine influenza had never been diagnosed in Australia. On 22 August 2007, infection was confirmed in horses at Eastern Creek Animal Quarantine Station near Sydney. The virus subsequently isolated (A/equine/Sydney/2888-8/2007) was confirmed by sequence analysis of the haemagglutinin (HA) gene as an H3 virus of the variant American Florida lineage that is now referred to as Clade 1. The HA sequence of the virus was identical to that of a virus isolated from a contemporaneous outbreak in Japan and showed high homology to viruses circulating in North America.


  • Watson, J
  • Halpin, K
  • Selleck, P
  • Axell, A
  • Bruce, K
  • Hansson, E
  • Hammond, J
  • Daniels, P
  • Jeggo, M

publication date

  • July 2011