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First evidence of fatal infection of white-tailed sea eagles with avian influenza

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During the winter of 2016/2017, in Germany at least 17 white-tailed sea eagles were killed by avian influenza of the highly pathogenic virus subtype H5N8.

The most common unnatural causes of death in white-tailed sea eagles are lead poisoning and collisions with trains. During the winter of 2016/2017, however, many white-tailed eagles died in Northern Germany in circumstances unrelated to either cause. Instead, at least 17 white-tailed sea eagles were killed by avian influenza of the highly pathogenic virus subtype H5N8, as a team of scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, FLI) demonstrated. Avian influenza may become a new threat for this highly protected wild species. The study was published in the scientific journal “Viruses”.
https://doi.org/10.3390/v10090478

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