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Arrival of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 viruses in Europe

November 20, 2020

The first new arrivals of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses in the 2020-2021 winter in Europe have been detected. Scientists in WP06 from VEO are working together to yield novel scientific insights in the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The first new arrivals of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses in the 2020-2021 winter in Europe have been detected. Highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses of the H5N8 and H5N1 subtypes were first detected in the Netherlands in October 2020 by scientists from Wageningen Bio-veterinary Research in Lelystad and Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. In early November, related HPAI H5 viruses were reported in Germany by the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Greifswald (HPAIV H5N8 and H5N5), and in the United Kingdom by the Animal and Plant Health Agency Weybridge (HPAIV H5N8).

 

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