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Detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b in great skuas in Great Britain
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  • Ashley C. Banyard,
  • Fabian Z.X. Lean,
  • Caroline Robinson,
  • Fiona Howie,
  • Glen Tyler,
  • Craig Nisbet,
  • James Seekings,
  • Stephanie Meyer,
  • Elliot Whittard,
  • Henry F. Ashpitel,
  • Mehmet Bas,
  • Alexander M.P. Bryne,
  • Tom Lewis,
  • Joe James,
  • Levon Stefan,
  • Ian H. Brown,
  • Rowena D. E. Hansen,
  • Scott M. Reid
Ashley C. Banyard
Animal and Plant Health Agency

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Fabian Z.X. Lean
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Caroline Robinson
SRUC Veterinary Services Pentlands Science Park Bush Loan Penicuik Midlothian EH26 0PZ
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Fiona Howie
SRUC Veterinary Services Pentlands Science Park Bush Loan Penicuik Midlothian EH26 0PZ
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Glen Tyler
NatureScot Great Glen House Leachkin Road Inverness IV3 8NW
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Craig Nisbet
National Trust for Scotland Gerinish South Uist Western Isles
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James Seekings
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Stephanie Meyer
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Elliot Whittard
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Henry F. Ashpitel
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Mehmet Bas
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Alexander M.P. Bryne
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Tom Lewis
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Joe James
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Levon Stefan
United Kingdom Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
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Ian H. Brown
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Rowena D. E. Hansen
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Scott M. Reid
Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Abstract

Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b has been detected in great skuas ( Stercorarius skua) across different colonies on islands off the shore of Scotland, Great Britain during summer 2021. Of eight skuas submitted for post-mortem examination, seven have been confirmed as being infected with this virus using a range of diagnostic assays. Here we overview the outbreak event that occurred in this species, listed as species of conservation concern in Great Britain.