A novel highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N6) virus affecting wild birds and commercial poultry was detected in the Netherlands in December 2017. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated that the virus is a reassortant of H5N8 clade 184.108.40.206 viruses and not related to the Asian H5N6 viruses that caused human infections.
Beerens, N., Koch, G., Heutink, R., Harders, F., Vries, D. P. E., Ho, C., ... Elbers, A. (2018). Novel highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N6) virus in the Netherlands, december 2017. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 24(4), 770-773. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2404.172124