last update: 02/12/2014



  • Agenda
  • Next Meeting 15/10/2014




    The BWDS is an independently working organisation, not related to any official instance, uniting scientists and practitioners in order to promote research and to exchange information in the field of wildlife diseases in Belgium. ...

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    • Wildlife mortality events !!!


    Important wildlife mortality events in which large numbers of animals are found death require thorough expert investigation for risk assessment and surveillance purposes. Anyone observing abnormal wildlife mortality incidents is requested to communicate this urgently to the BWDS who will take the necessary steps to contact the experts of concern and the competent authorities where necessary. Furthermore, the BWDS will try to coordinate the communication about the incident.









    Take a look at the fotos from our latest symposium





    -Chikungunya virus: a major emerging threat

    - Ebola from fruit bats: DR Congo, 2007

    -Amphibians acquire resistance to live and dead fungus, overcoming fungal immunosuppression 

    -Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations

    -Snake fungal disease; emerging (USA)

    -Adverse outcome and risks of anticoagulant rodenticiedes to  predators

    -Mapping the risk of bird flu's spread (H7N9)

    -Why are whales stranding (Le Monde, article in French)

    -Evidence for camel to human transmission of MERS Coronavirus

    -Xiburema virus, a new rhabdovirus, Brazilian Amazon region

    -New poxvirus in otters

    -Discovery of Trichomonas stableri: die-offs in band-tailed pigeons



      Latest news !!!




      - World rabies day 28/09/2014

      - No evidence of Coronavirus infection in bats in Belgium

      - Lyme disease, Belgium

      - Complete Genome Sequence of a Papillomavirus Isolated from the European Mole

      - Edwardsiella tarda sepsis in a live-stranded sperm whale

      - Experimental infection of carrion crows with 2 European WNV strains

      - Evaluation of Culicoides populations in the Hautes Fagnes

      - Bee crisis, a challenge for apiculture (article in Dutch)




      - H5N8 found in wigeons: link with HP AI outbreaks in poultry

      -Brucella spp. in stranded harbour porpoises on the Dutch coast

      - Mass mortality of amphibians due to ranavirus in Drenthe (NL)




      -EU council adopts rules on invasive alien species

      -Diclofenac approval threatens European vultures and eagles

      -West Nile Virus: Greece, Czech Republic

      -Tularemia, crayfish exposure (Spain)

      -HFRS (Puumala): occupational, fatal (Finland)

      -Red foxes in Romania carry Toxoplasma gondii, not Neospora caninum

      -Helicobacter cetorum in striped dolphin

      -The wolf as an indicator species for Trichinella (Balkans)

      -European mustelids infected by Trichinella from domesticated swine

      -Koi Herpes virus disease in carp (Romania)

      -Avian botulism, aquatic birds,UK

      -Squirrel leprosy in red squirrel, (Scotland), a new threat

      -Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae in musk ox (Norway)




       Belgian Wildlife Disease Society