First #Evidence of #Fatal #Usutu Virus Natural #Infections in an #Anatidae, the Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) (Vector Borne Zoo Dis., abstract)

[Source: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

First Evidence of Fatal Usutu Virus Natural Infections in an Anatidae, the Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)

Emna Benzarti, Mutien Garigliany, Dany Hauman, Julien Paternostre, Annick Linden, Mathieu Franssen, Michael Sarlet, Dominique Cassart, and Daniel Desmecht

Published Online: 28 May 2019 / DOI:



While fatal infections caused by the Usutu virus appeared to concern only passerines (especially the blackbird) and Strigiformes (especially the great gray owl), we report herein that the virus also naturally causes a fatal disease in an anseriforme species, the common scoter (Melanitta nigra).

Keywords: Usutu virus; Wild birds.


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