Journal article

Using the Ferret as an Animal Model for Investigating Influenza Antiviral Effectiveness

Ding Y Oh, Aeron C Hurt

FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2016

Abstract

The concern of the emergence of a pandemic influenza virus has sparked an increased effort toward the development and testing of novel influenza antivirals. Central to this is the animal model of influenza infection, which has played an important role in understanding treatment effectiveness and the effect of antivirals on host immune responses. Among the different animal models of influenza, ferrets can be considered the most suitable for antiviral studies as they display most of the human-like symptoms following influenza infections, they can be infected with human influenza virus without prior viral adaptation and have the ability to transmit influenza virus efficiently between one anothe..

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