Recommendations and laboratory procedures for detection of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus in specimens from suspected human cases

Revised August 2007

Publication details

Number of pages: 28
Publication date: 2007
Languages: English, Spanish



This document is intended for use by National Influenza Centres (NICs; members of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network). Recommendations and procedures are in accordance with the WHO National Influenza Centres (NIC) role during interpandemic and pandemic alert phases as outlined in the WHO document The role of National Influenza Centres (NICs) during interpandemic, pandemic alert and pandemic periods.5 Whenever possible, clinical specimens and/or virus isolates should be forwarded to a WHO H5 Reference Laboratory for confirmation of diagnosis if needed, or a WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza for full antigenic and genetic characterization, as well as antiviral susceptibility analysis.