Enviro blue box The ONETest™ Influenza EnviroScreen assay allows the sensitive and scalable detection of influenza viruses in environmental samples. The assay is highly optimized for soil and wetland sediment samples from temperate regions, and can simultaneously identify and differentiate all 16 hemagglutinin and 9 neuraminidase subtypes. Thus, the assay can facilitate large-scale environmental screening for influenza viruses.
Why did we develop the ONETest™ Influenza EnviroScreen?
From December 2014 to January 2015 there was an outbreak of highly-pathogenic Avian Influenza in the Fraser Valley. Approximately 240,000 commercially raised birds died or were culled as a result of the outbreak. A similar outbreak occurred in the Fraser Valley in 2004 and was estimated to have cost about $500M in compensation for birds ordered destroyed, lost production, secondary revenue losses, and downstream losses (feed, litter, hatcheries, etc.).
Outbreaks of Avian Flu also occurred in the USA in 2015, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3B, causing shortages of poultry products and doubling the price of eggs.
Wild waterfowl are carriers of Avian Flu and spread the virus to new geographic locations during their annual migrations. Overlap between different migratory routes facilitates long-distance virus transport as well as genetic hybrids. Indeed, the 2014/2015 outbreak in BC was caused by a virus that contained a Eurasian H5 component and a North American N2 component.