WHO H5 Reference Laboratories
In 2004, the WHO H5 Reference Laboratory Network was established, as an ad hoc component of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS), in response to the public health needs arising from avian influenza A(H5N1) infection in humans and influenza pandemic preparedness.
Avian influenza surveillance, laboratory and virology
Avian influenza viruses, circulating in avian populations, pose a permanent threat to public health, in particular those sporadically infecting human populations, e.g. A(H5N1), A(H9N2) as well as A(H7N7).
The GISRS has been playing a key role in laboratory surveillance, preparedness and response.
- H5N1 Genetic Changes Inventory
- Candidate vaccine viruses and potency testing reagents for influenza A(H5N1)
- Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and candidate vaccine viruses
- Unified nomenclature system for highly pathogenic A(H5N1) avian influenza viruses
- Cumulative number of confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) reported to WHO
Avian influenza A(H5N1) timeline of major events