Researchers who set out in 2002 to uncover what was killing members of a shy albatross colony in Australia ended up discovering a new phlebovirus nearly a decade later.
The investigators, from Australia and Singapore, gathered serum samples and ticks from healthy and diseased birds in the colony. Laboratory tests to detect viral pathogens showed neutralizing antibodies for Newcastle disease virus in 1 serum sample, but none for several others pathogens, including avian influenza virus.
Albatross Colony Yields New Virus. JAMA. 2014;312(3):224. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8185