Mass Mortality Caused by Highly Pathogenic Influenza A(H5N1) Virus in Sandwich Terns, the Netherlands, 2022

Jolianne M. Rijks*, M.F. Leopold, S. Kuhn, Ronald in 't Veld, Fred Schenk, Allix Brenninkmeijer, Sander J. Lilipaly, Monica Z. Ballmann, Leon Kelder, Job W. de Jong, Wouter Courtens, Roy Slaterus, Erik Kleyheeg, S. Vreman, Marja J.L. Kik, Andrea Gröne, Ron A.M. Fouchier, M.Y. Engelsma, M.C.M. de Jong, Thijs KuikenN. Beerens

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Abstract

We collected data on mass mortality in Sandwich terns (Thalasseus sandvicensis) during the 2022 breeding season in the Netherlands. Mortality was associated with at least 2 variants of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus clade 2.3.4.4b. We report on carcass removal efforts relative to survival in colonies. Mitigation strategies urgently require structured research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2538-2542
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume28
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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