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1 October 2018 Usutu Virus Epizootic and Plasmodium Coinfection in Eurasian Blackbirds (Turdus merula) in Flanders, Belgium
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At the end of the summer of 2016, unusually high levels of mortality were detected in Passeriformes and Strigiformes in Flanders, Belgium, mainly in Eurasian Blackbirds (Turdus merula). A passive surveillance program demonstrated a widespread Usutu virus outbreak and revealed a coinfection with Plasmodium in 99% of the dead passerine birds that were necropsied.

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Lieze Oscar Rouffaer, Mieke Steensels, Marc Verlinden, Muriel Vervaeke, Roschong Boonyarittichaikij, An Martel, and Bénédicte Lambrecht "Usutu Virus Epizootic and Plasmodium Coinfection in Eurasian Blackbirds (Turdus merula) in Flanders, Belgium," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 54(4), 859-862, (1 October 2018). https://doi.org/10.7589/2017-07-163
Received: 5 July 2017; Accepted: 26 January 2018; Published: 1 October 2018
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