Deaths among Wild Birds during Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Virus Outbreak, the Netherlands

Erik Kleyheeg (Corresponding author), Roy Slaterus, Rogier Bodewes, Jolianne M. Rijks, Marcel A.H. Spierenburg, Nancy Beerens, Leon Kelder, Marjolein J. Poen, Jan A. Stegeman, Ron A. M. Fouchier, Thijs Kuiken, Henk P. van der Jeugd

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Abstract

During autumn–winter 2016–2017, highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) viruses caused mass die-offs among wild birds in the Netherlands. Among the ≈13,600 birds reported dead, most were tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula) and Eurasian wigeons (Anas penelope). Recurrence of avian influenza outbreaks might alter wild bird population dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2050-2054
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume23
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • birds
  • communicable diseases
  • death
  • die-off
  • ducks
  • emerging
  • epidemiology
  • Eurasian wigeon
  • H5N8
  • highly pathogenic avian influenza
  • Holland
  • HPAI
  • influenza
  • influenza A virus
  • influenza in birds
  • mortality
  • Netherlands
  • outbreaks
  • population dynamics
  • poultry
  • the Netherlands
  • tufted duck
  • viruses
  • national

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    Kleyheeg, E., Slaterus, R., Bodewes, R., Rijks, J. M., Spierenburg, M. A. H., Beerens, N., Kelder, L., Poen, M. J., Stegeman, J. A., Fouchier, R. A. M., Kuiken, T., & Jeugd, H. P. V. D. (2017). Deaths among Wild Birds during Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Virus Outbreak, the Netherlands. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23(12), 2050-2054. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2312.171086