Archive: 2016

On-going ranavirus epidemic in the Netherlands

After the discovery of the initial outbreak of ranavirus in the Netherlands in the Dwingerveld National Park in 2010 subsequent outbreaks have been closely monitored in order to better characterize the emergence of the disease and its potential ecological impact.
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Duck plague in Muscovy ducks

Duck plague was found to be the cause of death in three Muscovy Ducks (Cairina moschata) from Midden-Kennemerland, a region in North Holland.
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Toxoplasmosis identified as cause of death in a fox

In February 2016 a forest ranger reported finding a dead fox (Vulpes vulpes) in the Dutch province of Gelderland. As it was the fourth report out of this area over a short space of time the carcase was submitted for post-portem exam at the DWHC.
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Increase in the number of birds of prey with oral inflammation

In the first few months of 2016 more birds of prey with oral inflammation were submitted to the DWHC than in previous years. The inflammation appeared to be caused by parasitic worms and cause difficulty with consuming prey, leading to energy shortage and ultimately death. A case report about buzzards in the
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No evidence of bird flu in dead mute swans

In 2015, 11 dead mute swans were submitted to the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) for post-mortem investigation. Whilst the cause of death of these birds varied, they were all negative for avian influenza virus.
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Demodex mites associated with alopecia in deer

The DWHC regularly receives reports of or questions about deer with ‘bald spots’ (alopecia) or even almost entirely bald animals. This February two such animals were submitted to the DWHC for post-mortem exam.
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