Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

The Netherlands: WBVR tests foxes positive for avian influenza (H5N1)

29 May, 2021

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) has diagnosed bird flu in two foxes from the province of Groningen in the Netherlands and characterized the viruses as H5N1. The sequences of the avian influenza viruses in the foxes are similar to those identified in infected wild birds from the same region. It is therefore likely that the foxes became infected from eating a bird infected with avian influenza (1). Avian influenza virus infections in foxes have been previously observed in other parts of the world and recently in England.


1. Reperant, Leslie A., et al. "Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) infection in red foxes fed infected bird carcasses." Emerging infectious diseases 14.12 (2008): 1835-1841.