Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally among wild and domestic birds worldwide and can also infect other animal species.

As infection by avian influenza has environmental, health and economic impacts, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the World Health Organization (WHO) constantly monitor the level of the avian influenza virus. The influenza virus can be spread by infected animals to humans.

It is difficult to detect the virus early as the symptoms differ significantly from one animal to another. In the last few weeks, several outbreaks were declared in India, Europe and Middle East. Moreover, over the last decade, due to H5N1(one of the strains of avian influenza) more than one hundred million birds and hundreds of people have died with huge health and economic consequences.

Researchers around the world are working hard to understand the virus and the contamination process. Bertin Instruments, thanks to its product range Coriolis Air samplers, helps researchers to work on this subject. The Coriolis µ is an innovative biological air sampler for bio-contamination assessment in environmental/pollution research and food/veterinary industries.

Based on a cyclonic technology, combined with a high air flow rate, Coriolis μ offers the most efficient particle collection in 10 minutes. This instrument is frequently used on research protocols, ensuring a fast and efficient collection method.

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