Archive: 2018

Not all hares die due to tularaemia

In November DWHC reported that tularaemia was found in the province of Overijssel and in the province of Limburg. Also in other parts of the Netherlands hare mortality was reported. It was questioned if the tularaemia was also the cause of death in those parts. In most cases there seems to be a different cause of death.
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Massive numbers of starlings are dying: no clear cause

Around the end of October and early part of November, dozens of dead starlings were found underneath the trees around the Huygenspark in The Hague for several days. The animal ambulance ‘The Hague’  and bird sanctuary ‘De Wulp’ collected around 300 dead starlings. A few of these were post-mortem examined at the DWHC1.
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Breast lump in roe deer due to sweat gland cancer

Research on tissue provides an answer on the mysterious breast lump In August 2018, a roe deer was shot because of a lump in the breast and sent to DWHC for examination. The roe deer was an adult female in poor condition. The emaciation was caused by pneumonia due to lung worms. Both Dictyocaulus eckerti and
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Unicellular parasite Encephalitozoon in hares

In the summer of 2018 two hares were identified with an infection of the parasite Encephalitozoon sp. This parasite is commonly seen in (domestic) rabbits, but little is known about its appearance in hares.
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Magpie with ‘pigeon canker’

In May 2018 a sick immature Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) was brought to birdhospital Naarden where it died. The fresh cadaver was submitted to the DWHC for post-mortem investigation. The manager suspected that the magpie had died due to the disease ‘pigeon canker’. Post-mortem investigation confirmed that the
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Beaver with mid ear infection

Late February 2018 the Dutch Wildlife Health Center (DWHC) was contacted about a beaver (Castor fiber) that displayed very abnormal behavior before it was euthanized in the field. The beaver did not respond to people and appeared blind and deaf. The person who discovered the animal had given the beaver a little
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