Development of a Molecular Genetic Diagnostic Kit for the Detection of the Avian Influenza Virus H5N1
Introduction of an influenza A virus with a novel HA gene in a population which lacks immunity to this HA has the potential to cause a pandemic when the virus possesses the ability to spread efficiently among humans. In order to limit the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza(HPAI), rapid detection and identification of the infectious agent are required. The current pandemic spread of the H5N1 viruses in Egypt as well as many other countries urged the need to develop a proper strategy for the control of this infectious agent. The first step of this strategic plan is to develop a reliable, specific, accurate and cost effective protocols for the identification of the virus. The current situation of H5N1 in Egypt also necessitate the development of diagnostic materials in order to facilitate the detection of H5N1.
Duration: One Year
Starting date: March, 2006