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See detailDecision support tools for clinical diagnosis of disease in cows with suspected bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Speybroeck, N.; Roels, S. et al

in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2004), 42(1), 172-8

Reporting of clinically suspected cattle is currently the most common method for detecting cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Improvement of clinical diagnosis and decision-making remains ... [more ▼]

Reporting of clinically suspected cattle is currently the most common method for detecting cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Improvement of clinical diagnosis and decision-making remains crucial. A comparison of clinical patterns, consisting of 25 signs, was made between all 30 BSE cases, confirmed in Belgium before October 2002, and 272 suspected cases that were subsequently determined to be histologically, immunohistochemically, and scrapie-associated-fiber negative. Seasonality in reporting suspected cases was observed, with more cases being reported during wintertime when animals were kept indoors. The median duration of illness was 30 days. The 10 most relevant signs of BSE were kicking in the milking parlor, hypersensitivity to touch and/or sound, head shyness, panic-stricken response, reluctance to enter in the milking parlor, abnormal ear movement or carriage, increased alertness behavior, reduced milk yield, teeth grinding, and temperament change. Ataxia did not appear to be a specific sign of BSE. A classification and regression tree was constructed by using the following four features: age of the animal, year of birth, number of relevant BSE signs noted, and number of clinical signs, typical for listeriosis, noted. The model had a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 85%. This approach allows the use of an interactive decision-support tool, based entirely on odds ratios, a statistic independent of disease prevalence. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of three serum i-ELISA's using monoclonal antibodies and protein G as peroxidase conjugate for the diagnosis of bovine brucellosis
Saegerman, Claude ULg; De Waele, L.; Gilson, D. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2004), 100

Three i-ELISAs using LPS, the immunodominant component of Brucella abortus, were developed with three different conjugates: monoclonal antibodies 1C8 (anti-bovine IgG(1)) and 3H3 (mainly specific for ... [more ▼]

Three i-ELISAs using LPS, the immunodominant component of Brucella abortus, were developed with three different conjugates: monoclonal antibodies 1C8 (anti-bovine IgG(1)) and 3H3 (mainly specific for bovine IgG(2) but also reacting with IgG(1)) and protein G (reacts with both bovine IgG subclasses). Using a cut-off value of 2.5U/ml, the i-ELISA with 3H3 as conjugate had a specificity (95% CI: 98.32-99.63%) that was significantly higher than the same assay with 1C8 (95% CI: 96.08-98.26%) or PG (95% CI: 95.83-98.09%). In areas where false positive serological reactions (FPSR) were common, the specificity of the i-ELISAs decreased significantly. The specificity of the i-ELISAs increased with the age of the animals tested, irrespective of the conjugate. The specificity of the i-ELISAs and traditional tests was also examined using sera from animals infected per os with bacteria bearing LPS similar to the Brucella LPS. It appeared that Yersinia enterocolitica O:9, Xanthomonas maltophilia and Salmonella urbana infections induced FPSR both in the i-ELISAs and in the traditional tests, but the 3H3 assay was significantly less prone to produce false positive reactions than the 1C8 and PG assays. The i-ELISAs were more sensitive, allowed earlier detection, and were more persistent than the traditional serological tests both in experimentally and naturally Brucella-infected animals. Weekly i-ELISA monitoring of experimentally infected pregnant heifers (previously vaccinated or not) allowed a prediction of abortion. Furthermore, the 1C8 assay showed significantly higher titres irrespective of day post-infection and vaccination status. The accuracy of the assay could be improved by making use of additional information (e.g. animal age or conjugate) and by selecting appropriate cut-off points on the basis of the prevailing epidemiological situation. The i-ELISAs appear an appropriate choice in order to maintain an official brucellosis-free status because of their sensitivity, early detection and long persistence and, for the same reasons, seem especially valuable for the detection of latent carriers (i.e. animals classified negative by classical serological tests) among imported [less ▲]

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See detailEpidémiosurveillance des événements rares chez les bovins en Belgique
Saegerman, Claude ULg

Doctoral thesis (2004)

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See detailRisk evaluation of the transmission of the avian influenza virus to humans
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Meulemans, G.; Van Reeth, K. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2004), 148(2), 65-77

Since mid-december 2003, an epizootic of highly pathogenic avian influenza (type A, sub-type H5N1) occurs in eastern and south-eastern Asia. This epizootic is historically unprecedented in its virulence ... [more ▼]

Since mid-december 2003, an epizootic of highly pathogenic avian influenza (type A, sub-type H5N1) occurs in eastern and south-eastern Asia. This epizootic is historically unprecedented in its virulence, geographical spread, and economic consequences for the agricultural sector. Implications for human health were registered in Vietnam and in Thailand. This paper summarizes the current knowledge about the risk evaluation of the transmission of avian influenza virus to humans. The current asian epizootic has highlighted the key role of global health information systems and also the need for exhaustive notification of human and animal cases. It reinforces the concept of veterinary public health. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential diagnosis of neurologically expressed disorders in Western European cattle
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Claes, L.; Dewaele, Albert et al

in Revue Scientifique et Technique (International Office of Epizootics) (2003), 22(1), 83-102

A classification of neurological or neurologically expressed disorders that occur in Western European cattle aged 12 month and over has been established on the basis of aetiology, frequency and conditions ... [more ▼]

A classification of neurological or neurologically expressed disorders that occur in Western European cattle aged 12 month and over has been established on the basis of aetiology, frequency and conditions of appearance, age and type of animals concerned and the main clinical signs observed. Neurologically expressed disorders have been classified according to different groups of causes: biological, non-biological and non-specific or unknown. Differential diagnosis of neurologically expressed disorders is an essential element in the clinical epidemiological surveillance of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. A growing number of aetiologies are described in the scientific literature. The identification and centralised management of neurological disorders will make it possible, one the one hand, to take account of the inherent variability in the clinical forms encountered and in the diagnostic approaches of the observers and, on the other hand, to identify new risk factors in order to control them. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnostic différentiel des troubles à expression nerveuse dans l’espèce bovine en Europe occidentale
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Claes, L.; Dewaele, A. et al

in Revue Scientifique et Technique (International Office of Epizootics) (2003), 22(1), 61-82

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See detailComments on Pouillot, R., Gerbier, G. & Gadner, I.A. “TAGS”, a program for the evaluation of test accuracy in the absence of a gold standard
Berkvens, D. L.; Speybroeck, N.; Lesaffre, E. et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2003), 59

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See detailAmélioration de la détection d’une maladie émergente : exemple de l’ encépahlopathie spongiforme bovine
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Berkvens, D.; Speybroeck, N. et al

in Epidémiologie et Santé Animale (2003), 44

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See detailMycobacterium bovis meningitis in a cow with clinical signs of BSE.
Roels, S.; Walravens, K.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2003), 152(26), 807-8

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See detailLa vaccination contre la fièvre aphteuse : perspectives
Thiry, Etienne ULg; De Clercq, K.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Bulletin des Groupements Techniques Vétérinaires (2002), 14

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See detailAdvantages and disadvantages of a control programme against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis in Belgium
Limbourg, B.; Kerkhofs, P.; Massard, C. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(2, APR-MAY), 57-69

A working party of the "Association d'Epidemiologie et de Sante Animale" assessed the strategy for a control of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) in Belgium and studied its feasability and the ... [more ▼]

A working party of the "Association d'Epidemiologie et de Sante Animale" assessed the strategy for a control of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) in Belgium and studied its feasability and the different programmes to be applied. Epidemiology of IBR in Belgium, vaccination, diagnostic methods, economic aspects of IBR control, Belgian laws regarding IBR and the motivation of people in the field were described. The advantages and disadvantages of three programmes were analysed: to maintain the current situation, to protect cattle against clinical disease and to control and eradicate IBR. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to substantiate eradication of bovine brucellosis when aspecific serological reactions occur in the course of brucellosis testing.
Godfroid, Jacques; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Wellemans, Vincent et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 90(1-4), 461-77

Collaborative work was financed by the EU to develop and assess new diagnostic tools that can differentiate between bovine brucellosis and bovine infections due to Yersinia enterocolitica O:9 either in ... [more ▼]

Collaborative work was financed by the EU to develop and assess new diagnostic tools that can differentiate between bovine brucellosis and bovine infections due to Yersinia enterocolitica O:9 either in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, the classical serological, bacteriological or allergic skin tests. Sixteen heifers were experimentally infected with Brucella abortus biovar 1 (five heifers), Brucella suis biovar 2 (two heifers), Y. enterocolitica O:9 (six heifers) and Y. enterocolitica O:3 (three heifers). Four heifers, naturally infected with Y. enterocolitica O:9 that presented aspecific brucellosis serological reactions were also included in the experiment. A self-limited infection was induced in cattle by B. suis biovar 2. All the brucellosis serological tests used, i.e. the slow agglutination test (SAW), the Rose Bengal test (RB), the complement fixation test (CFT), indirect and competitive ELISA's, lacked specificity when used to analyze sera from Y. enterocolitica O:9 infected animals. A Yersinia outer membrane proteins (YOPs)-ELISA was also used and although the test is able to detect a Yersinia group infection, it provided no evidence of whether or not there is a possible brucellosis infection when dual infections are present. The brucellergen IFN-gamma test showed a lack of specificity also. The only test that was proven to be specific is the brucellergen skin test. All brucellosis serological tests, except the indirect ELISA, were limited in their ability to detect B. abortus persistently infected animals. Based on these experimental studies, a strategy was implemented as part of the year 2001 Belgian Brucellosis Eradication Program to substantiate the eradication of bovine brucellosis. Epidemiological inquiries have identified risk factors associated with aspecific serological reactions, possible transmission and infection of cattle by B. suis biovar 2 from infected wild boars; and both legal and administrative measures taken by the veterinary services. No cases of bovine brucellosis have been confirmed in Belgium since March 2000. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Belgian PCB/dioxin incident: analysis of the food chain contamination and health risk evaluation.
Bernard, Alfred; Broeckaert, Fabrice; De Poorter, Geert et al

in Environmental Research (2002), 88(1), 1-18

The Belgian PCB incident occurred at the end of January 1999 when a mixture of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contaminated with dioxins was accidentally added to a stock of recycled fat used in the ... [more ▼]

The Belgian PCB incident occurred at the end of January 1999 when a mixture of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contaminated with dioxins was accidentally added to a stock of recycled fat used in the production of animal feeds. Although signs of poultry poisoning were noticed by February, 1999, the source and the extent of the contamination were discovered only in May 1999, when it appeared that more than 2500 farms could have been supplied with contaminated feeds. This resulted in a major food crisis, which rapidly extended to the whole country and could be resolved only by the implementation of a large PCB/dioxin food monitoring program. Screening for PCB contamination was based on the determination of the seven PCB markers. When PCB concentrations exceeded the tolerance levels of 0.1 (milk), 0.2 (poultry, bovine, and pig meat), or 1 (animal feed) microg/g fat, dioxins (17 PCDD/Fs congeners) were also determined. At the end of December 1999, the database contained the results of more than 55,000 PCB and 500 dioxin analyses. The study of PCB levels and profiles in contaminated feeds delivered to poultry or pig farms confirmed that the Belgian PCB incident was due to a single source of PCB oil introduced into the food chain at the end of January 1999. This PCB oil had a congeners pattern closely matched to a mixture of Aroclor 1260/1254 in the proportion 75/25. The total amount of PCBs added to recycled fats was estimated at 50 kg (sum of the seven markers) or approximately 150 kg total PCBs, which corresponds to about 100 liters of PCB oil. This PCB mixture contained about 1g TEQ dioxins (more than 90- contributed by PCDFs) and about 2g TEQ dioxin-like PCBs. The proportions of PCB 52 and 101 congeners were fairly constant in animal feeds, excluding the possibility of secondary contamination due to fat recycling from contaminated animals. The highest concentrations of PCBs and dioxins were found in poultry and especially in the reproduction animals (hens and chicks), which showed the classical manifestations of chick edema disease. The pigs were also affected but to a lesser extent and no sign of intoxication was observed. The study of PCB/dioxin patterns and of the PCB:dioxin ratios revealed major differences in the metabolism of these compounds by farm animals. Whereas the PCBs:dioxins ratio was fairly constant in all poultry products with a mean value similar to that found in contaminated feeds (50,000), in pigs this ratio was both much higher and more variable (values up to 10,000,000), reflecting a faster elimination of dioxins than PCBs in these animals. These metabolic differences also emerged from the PCB and dioxin patterns which were altered much more in pigs than in poultry. Although the most contaminated food products (chicken meat) had PCB and dioxin levels more than 100 times above maximal recommended values, it is unlikely that this incident could have caused adverse effects in the general population of Belgium. A doubling of the PCB and dioxin burden of the young adult population would require the consumption of, respectively, 10 and 20 highly contaminated meals. In view of the very limited proportion of the poultry chain effectively contaminated during the incident (around 2%), such an extreme scenario was quite improbable for the general population except perhaps for farmers consuming their own products. But even in that case, it would have meant going back to the levels in the 1980s or attaining the body burden of subjects regularly eating contaminated seafood. [less ▲]

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See detailRecommandations de l’association d’épidémiologie et de santé animale concernant la lutte contre la rhinotrachéite infectieuse bovine (IBR) en Belgique
Limbourg, B.; Kerkhofs, P.; Massard, C. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 147

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See detailLes moyens de contrôle de la tuberculose bovine
Walravens, K.; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Boelaert, F. et al

Scientific conference (2001)

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See detailEvolution du plan de lutte contre la tuberculose bovine en Belgique
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Jouret, M.; Walravens, K. et al

Scientific conference (2001)

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See detailIdentification of an unique Mycobacterium bovis strain in belgian cattle
Rigouts, L.; Desmecht, M.; Dufey, J. et al

Scientific conference (2001)

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See detailLe diagnostic immunologique rapide des encéphalopathies spongiformes transmissibles
Pastoret, Paul-Pierre ULg; Gouffaux, M.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailEpdémiosurveillance de l'encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine en Belgique : bilan de l'année 1999
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Dechamps, P.; Roels, S. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailDe PCB/dioxine vergiftiging in België (1999): analyse van de gezondheidsrisico’s
Bernard, A.; Broekaert, F.; De Poorter, G. et al

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2001), 70

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