Since October 2020 The DWHC and Sovon have collected more than 400 dead wild birds to be tested for avian influenza virus at WBVR in Lelystad, The Netherlands. Most of the collected birds were individuals, because the NVWA deal with the reports of 3 or more dead waterbirds.
In the period from August to October 2019, twenty hedgehogs were sent to the DWHC, a subdivison of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, for post-mortem examination. Seventeen hedgehogs were examined, three animals were too autolytic. Lung conditions were found in almost half of all examined
Still unexplained decline in reported dead blackbirds
Joint press release from the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre, Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornothology, Erasmus MC, Centre for Monitoring of Vectors, and Muggenradar.nl
In September 2019, tularaemia was again confirmed in a hare on the territory of the Wildlife Management Unit ‘Kromme Rijn’ in the province of Utrecht. A few hares died in this area in previous years due to tularaemia.
Vaccination for pet rabbits is essential
As in previous years, in 2019 the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre and the Veterinary Faculty at Utrecht University receives reports of dead rabbits all year round. This number increased in August and September.
The roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) was the ‘focus species’ of DWHC in 2018, which means that the DWHC aims to increase the number of submissions of roe deer in order to shed light on the most common diseases in this species. In 2018 in total 34 roe deer were submitted to the DWHC for post-mortem investigation. The
DWHC has now confirmed the presence of the ranavirus at two locations in the province of Drenthe, at two locations in the province of Overijssel and at a location in the province of North-Holland. This is the first identified case of the virus in the province of North Holland. Outbreaks of the ranavirus in the