Tularaemia has not been reported in Dutch wildlife since 1953. To enhance detection, as of July 2011, brown hares (Lepus europaeus) submitted for post-mortem examination in the context of non-targeted wildlife disease surveillance, were routinely tested for tularaemia by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Francisella tularensis subspecies holarctica infection was confirmed in a hare submitted in May 2013. The case occurred in Limburg, near the site of the 1953 case. Further surveillance should clarify the significance of this finding.
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
Rijks, J. M., Kik, M., Koene, M. G. J., Engelsma, M. Y., van Tulden, P. W., Montizaan, M. G., ... Roest, H. I. J. (2013). Tularaemia in a brown hare (lepus europaeus) in 2013: first case in the netherlands in 60 years. Eurosurveillance, 18(49), .