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.
Help us by reporting finding a dead raccoon or raccoon dog
Raccoon dogs (Nyctereutes procyonides) and raccoons (Procyon lotor) are spotted with increasing frequency around the Eastern border of the Netherlands. Both animals can carry pathogens that can cause disease in humans. For example, raccoon dogs may be
In 2016, the green finch was selected as the focus species of the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) and together with partner organisations we ask you to help us research this common garden bird by reporting findings of dead birds. to the DWHC.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) will investigate whether raccoon dogs in the Netherlands are infected with the parasites Trichinella spiralis and Echinococcus multilocularis that can be transmitted to humans.
Background and aims for the pilot project
Prior to entering the food chain for human consumption, hunted game must first undergo a series of inspections. The first of these is performed in the field by ‘qualified persons’ who are trained by the National Hunt Training Organisation (Stichting
Each year between 300 and 500 wild birds found dead in the wild are sampled for bird flu virus (avian influenza virus, AIV) as part of the AIV monitoring program in the Netherlands. Since 2014, Sovon, the DWHC, the NVWA (Dutch Food Safety Authority), and the Central Veterinary Institute (CVI) carry out this