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.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2312.171086, hdl.handle.net/1765/103168
Journal Emerging Infectious Diseases - (Open Access)
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Kleyheeg, E, Slaterus, R, Bodewes, R, Rijks, J.M, Spierenburg, M.A.H. (Marcel A. H.), Beerens, N. (Nancy), … van der Jeugd, H.P. (2017). Deaths among wild birds during highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) virus outbreak, the Netherlands. Emerging Infectious Diseases - (Open Access), 23(12), 2050–2054. doi:10.3201/eid2312.171086