Highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza virus in smuggled Thai eagles, Belgium.

Last updated on 15-8-2023 by Anonymous (not verified)

Peer reviewed scientific article



We report the isolation and characterization of a highly pathogenic avian influenza A/H5N1 virus from Crested Hawk-Eagles smuggled into Europe by air travel. A screening performed in human and avian contacts indicated no dissemination occurred. Illegal movements of birds are a major threat for the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Associated health topics:

QR code

QR code for this page URL