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See detailL'évaluation quantitative du risque microbiologique: revue de trois modèles liés à Salmonella dans les aliments.
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2008), 152

Following international agreements and european legislation, risk analysis has become a systematic approach to control the food chain safety. The microbial risks in the food chain and their consequences ... [more ▼]

Following international agreements and european legislation, risk analysis has become a systematic approach to control the food chain safety. The microbial risks in the food chain and their consequences for public health can be assessed and managed more effectively. This paper gives a general description of the risk analysis principles based on the Codex Alimentarius commission. This work highlights the advantages and disadvantages of risk analysis and also treats the problems to achieve a complete “farm to fork” model. Salmonella in different food types is taken as an example to illustrate quantitative risk assessment. Two models concerning eggs and broiler chickens developed by the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization consortium and a third model concerning pigs developed by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency of the United Kingdom are described. An analysis of the methods used for the construction of these two models is also presented. The interest of these three models is that they also include risk management options to limit the spread of food-borne infections. They also describe the final risk for a population following consumption of foodstuffs. These models are valuable tools for health officials but also for feed industry. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution of the clinical expression of Bluetongue in Belgian cattle during year 2006 vs 2007
Guyot, Hugues ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2008)

In August 2006, Belgium notified its first cases of Bluetongue (BT), serotype 8, in cattle and sheep. The disease was also observed at this time in the neighboring countries. The resurgence of BT was ... [more ▼]

In August 2006, Belgium notified its first cases of Bluetongue (BT), serotype 8, in cattle and sheep. The disease was also observed at this time in the neighboring countries. The resurgence of BT was observed in Northern Europe in 2007. The aim of the study was to compare clinical signs of BT observed in 2006 vs 2007 in Belgian cattle. The description of clinical signs was based on the observation of 38 and 39 cows in 2006 and 2007, respectively. BT cases were only included if they were confirmed by one or both laboratory diagnostic tests (competitive ELISA test and/or RT-qPCR). The inventory of clinical signs was made with a standardised clinical form for BT. This form is divided into general, cutaneous, locomotor, digestive, respiratory, neurological and reproductive clinical signs. Case data were summarised to determine changes in clinical presentation of BT between 2006 and 2007. A Fischer’s exact probability test was performed to compare (P<0.05) the frequency of clinical signs between the two years. Regarding general clinical signs, hyperthermia and tiredness were more often observed in 2007, compared to 2006. All clinical signs about skin and annexes were not significantly different between the two years. Locomotor signs such as prostration, incapacity to get up, reluctance to move, lameness and amyotrophy were more frequent in 2007. Loss of appetite, difficulties in grasping feed, salivation and drooling were the digestive signs more often observed in 2007. A purulent nasal discharge was the only respiratory sign more commonly observed in 2007. Apathy, generalised weakness and paresis or paralysis were more often encountered in 2007. The most important changes between the two years concerned reproduction. A higher incidence of abortion, premature calving and stillbirth was observed during 2007 outbreak. The frequency of most of the clinical signs of BT was higher in 2007 in Belgian cattle. Confirmed cases of BT in Belgian cattle were only 296 in 2006 compared to 4187 in 2007. These data do not represent the real situation of BT infection because the farmers do not notify all cases. Nevertheless, it seems that the 2007 outbreak was more severe regarding the number of cases and the frequency of clinical signs. The mild winter and wet 2007 summer might have favored the persistence of the vectors. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk factors for Salmonella and hygiene indicators in the 10 largest Belgian pig slaughterhouses.
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Desadeleer, L.; Bollaerts, Kaatje et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2008), 77

A survey was conducted to collect data on Salmonella prevalence, Escherichia coli counts (ECCs), and aerobic bacteria colony counts (ACCs) on pig carcasses after chilling at the 10 largest Belgian pig ... [more ▼]

A survey was conducted to collect data on Salmonella prevalence, Escherichia coli counts (ECCs), and aerobic bacteria colony counts (ACCs) on pig carcasses after chilling at the 10 largest Belgian pig slaughterhouses during 2000 through 2004. Potential risk factors of contamination associated with production parameters, technical descriptions of the installations, and cleaning and disinfection methods were assessed during investigations in the slaughterhouses. These variables were used first in a univariate analysis and then were extended to a multivariate analysis with a logistic mixed regression model for Salmonella and a linear mixed model for ECCs and ACCs with slaughterhouses as the random effect. The results indicated high variability concerning Salmonella contamination among the 10 slaughterhouses, with prevalence ranging from 2.6 to 34.3% according to the area of origin. The median ECC and median ACC ranged from 0.43 to 1.11 log CFU/cm2 and from 2.37 to 3.65 log CFU/cm2, respectively. The results of the logistic and linear regressions revealed that some working practices such as scalding with steam, second flaming after polishing, and complete cleaning and disinfection of the splitting machine several times a day were beneficial for reducing Salmonella prevalence, ECCs, and ACCs. Changing the carcass hooks just before chilling, using water as the cleaning method, and a higher frequency of disinfection of the lairage seemed to be protective against E. coli in the multivariate mixed linear model. The monitoring of critical points, slaughterhouse equipment, good slaughtering practices, and effective washing and disinfection are the keys to obtaining good microbiological results. [less ▲]

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See detailClassification of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on clinical and neuropathological characteristics
Abrahantes, J. C.; Aerts, M.; van Everbroeck, B. et al

in European Journal of Epidemiology (2007), 22(7), 457-465

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease of unknown cause. Patients are usually aged between 50 and 75 and typical clinical features include rapidly progressive ... [more ▼]

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease of unknown cause. Patients are usually aged between 50 and 75 and typical clinical features include rapidly progressive dementia associated with myoclonus and a characteristic electroencephalographic pattern. Neuropathological examination reveals cortical spongiform change, hence the term 'spongiform encephalopathy'. Several statistical techniques were applied to classify patients with sporadic CJD (sCJD), based on clinical and neuropathological investigation. We focus on the classification of neuropathologically confirmed sCJD patients. In order to obtain a classification rule that correctly classifies this type of patients and at the same time controls the overall error rate, we apply several classification techniques, which in general, produce comparable results. The boosting method produces the best results and the variable 14-3-3 protein in cerebrospinal fluid plays the most important role in the prediction of neuropathologically confirmed sCJD. [less ▲]

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See detailEchinococcus multilocularis and Toxocara canis in urban red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Brussels, Belgium
Brochier, B.; De Blander, H.; Hanosset, R. et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2007), 80(1), 65-73

During the last decades, European red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) have been implicated in the transmission of several viral or parasitic pathogenic agents to domestic animals and humans. In urban areas, risks ... [more ▼]

During the last decades, European red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) have been implicated in the transmission of several viral or parasitic pathogenic agents to domestic animals and humans. In urban areas, risks of zoonoses transmission are likely to increase as a result of a higher rate of intra and inter-species contacts. Foxes occur on 35% of the Brussels-Capital Region area and local densities reach up to 4 family groups per square kilometre. According to the directive 2003/99/ECC, a first survey for the presence in foxes of Echinococcus multilocularis and Toxocara canis was conducted in Brussels from 2001 to 2004. None of 160 foxes were found to be infected with E. multilocularis and 24 of 134 foxes were found to be infected with T canis. Considering numbers of examined foxes, the sensitivity and the specificity of tests used for diagnosis, the 95% credibility intervals for the true prevalence of E. multilocularis and T canis were estimated in a Bayesian framework to be 0 to 1.87% (median value of 0%) and 12.7 to 26% (median value of 18.7%), respectively. For T canis, a significantly higher risk to be a carrier occurs in cubs and a significantly lower risk in adults. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction de pseudoparticules de norovirus humains et bovins et leur utilisation diagnostique
Mauroy, Axel ULg; Scipioni, Alexandra; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

Poster (2007, April)

Les norovirus sont des agents majeurs de gastroentérite humaine d’origine alimentaire et ceci à travers le monde entier. La contamination est habituellement oro-fécale. Les norovirus sont non enveloppés ... [more ▼]

Les norovirus sont des agents majeurs de gastroentérite humaine d’origine alimentaire et ceci à travers le monde entier. La contamination est habituellement oro-fécale. Les norovirus sont non enveloppés et ont un génome composé d’ARN monocaténaire de polarité positive d’approximativement 7,5 kb. Au sein de ce génome, trois cadres ouverts de lecture (ORFs) sont décrits. L’ORF 1 code pour une polyprotéine qui sera par la suite clivée pour donner les différentes protéines non-structurales. L’ORF 2 encode pour l’unique protéine de capside. Une protéine structurale mineure dont le rôle est encore peu caractérisé est encodée par l’ORF 3. Ces virus sont très résistants dans l’environnement et une infection peut survenir même avec une très faible dose infectieuse. Appartenant à la famille des Caliciviridae, le genre norovirus est composé de cinq génogroupes (G) et contient également des virus infectant les animaux (bovins, porcins, murins). L’impact des norovirus animaux et plus particulièrement des norovirus bovins peut être envisagé à travers un possible caractère zoonotique de ces virus ; ainsi ils pourraient par exemple être transmis à l’homme via des eaux d’effluent contaminées. L’étude des norovirus humains et bovins est encore à l’heure actuelle entravée par l’absence d’un système de culture cellulaire. Cependant différents systèmes d’expression protéique ont été utilisés afin d’exprimer la protéine de capside, celle-ci s’assemblant spontanément avec d’autres pour reformer des pseudoparticules virales ou virus-like particles (VLPs). Ces VLPs sont morphologiquement et antigéniquement semblables aux virus natifs. Le but de ce travail était dans un premier temps d’obtenir des VLPs de souches humaines et bovines. Les gènes codant pour la protéine de capside d’une souche humaine (H384) et d’une souche bovine (B309) ont été amplifiés par RT-PCR à partir d’échantillons de matières fécales collectés dans des laboratoires de diagnostic humain et vétérinaire. Ces gènes ont été séquencés et comparés grâce à des outils informatiques (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, BLAST) à la banque de séquences déjà disponibles sur le site du NCBI. Nous avons pu déterminer que la séquence de capside de la souche H384 était proche de celle de la souche HuNV/Altenkirchen 140/01/DE, une souche de GII et de génotype 4 tandis que la séquence de la souche B309 était proche de celles de GIII et de génotpe 2 (groupe Newbury2). Des plasmides contenant les séquences des ORFs 2 de deux souches de norovirus humains de référence, la souche de Norwalk (GI) et celle de Hawaii (GII), ont été aimablement fournies par le Docteur Jan Vinjé (CDC, Atlanta, USA). Le système d’expression protéique baculovirus (Invitrogen) a été utilisé pour obtenir des VLPs. Brièvement, des cellules d’insecte des lignées Sf9 et H5 ont été infectées avec des baculovirus recombinants pour la protéine de capside des norovirus. Les VLPs ont été purifiées à partir des surnageants par ultracentrifugation sur un coussin de sucrose à 30% suivie d’une ultracentrifugation en gradient de chlorure de césium. Ce gradient a été fractionné et les différentes fractions ont été analysées pour la présence de la protéine de capside des norovirus par SDS-PAGE. Pour vérifier que les fractions positives contenaient bien des VLPs, les surnageants ont été observés en microscopie électronique. Nous avons ainsi obtenu des VLPs de norovirus de trois des cinq génogroupes décrits (GI, II et III). Ces VLPs ont été utilisées pour immuniser des souris afin de produire des anticorps monoclonaux et pour immuniser des lapins afin d’obtenir des anticorps polyclonaux. Nous avons pu aussi tester une banque de sérums bovins par ELISA pour la présence d’anticorps dirigés contre les souches de norovirus de génogroupe III et de génotype 2, les plus fréquemment mises en évidence au sein de notre banque de matières fécales bovines. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévenir la myopathie atypique du cheval au pré par la gestion raisonnée des pâtures et des chevaux établie sur base de l'identification des facteurs de risques de la maladie
Votion, Dominique ULg; Delguste, Catherine ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in 33ème Journée de la Recherche Equine (2007, March 08)

La myopathie atypique (MA) des équidés est un syndrome de destruction musculaire massive et sévère affectant des chevaux séjournant en pâture. Cette myopathie, généralement fatale endéans les 72 heures ... [more ▼]

La myopathie atypique (MA) des équidés est un syndrome de destruction musculaire massive et sévère affectant des chevaux séjournant en pâture. Cette myopathie, généralement fatale endéans les 72 heures, est rencontrée en France de manière significative et récurrente depuis l’automne 2002. La Belgique a reconnu ses premiers cas de MA au cours de l’automne 2000. Grâce à la collecte systématique des données épidémiologiques et cliniques des cas belges confirmés par analyse histologique de muscles prélevés post mortem, il a été possible de définir les facteurs de risques contribuant à l’émergence de la maladie dans une prairie et/ ou au sein d’un élevage. A partir de ces facteurs de risques identifiés, des mesures de prévention de la MA sont proposées et discutées. [less ▲]

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See detailSanitary control in bovine embryo transfer - How far should we go? A review
Van Soom, A.; Imberechts, H.; Delahaut, P. et al

in Veterinary Quarterly (The) (2007), 29(1), 2-17

Embryo transfer is a globally executed technique which, when properly done, has both economic and sanitary advantages. International guidelines are available to prevent infection of the embryo with ... [more ▼]

Embryo transfer is a globally executed technique which, when properly done, has both economic and sanitary advantages. International guidelines are available to prevent infection of the embryo with pathogens, both originating from the donor animals as from the environment. This manuscript describes the bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and prions that are of major concern in the context of embryo transfer in cattle. In addition, the actual scientific knowledge on these pathogens is evaluated in terms of the current international and national guidelines and legislation. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulatory issues surrounding the temporary authorisation of animal vaccination in emergency situations: the example of bluetongue in Europe
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Hubaux, M.; Urbain, B. et al

in Revue Scientifique et Technique (International Office of Epizootics) (2007), 26(2), 395-414

A marketing authorisation for a veterinary vaccine is granted after the quality, safety and efficacy of the product have been assessed in accordance with legal standards. The assessment includes complete ... [more ▼]

A marketing authorisation for a veterinary vaccine is granted after the quality, safety and efficacy of the product have been assessed in accordance with legal standards. The assessment includes complete characterisation and identification of seed material and ingredients, laboratory and host animal safety and efficacy studies, stability studies, and post-licensing monitoring of field performance. This assessment may not be possible during the emergence of a new animal disease, but several mechanisms exist to allow for the availability of products in an emergency animal health situation, e.g. autogenous biologics, conditional licences, experimental and emergency use authorisations, the importation of products in use elsewhere in the world and pre-approved vaccine banks. Using the emergence of bluetongue in northern Europe as an example, the regulatory issues regarding the temporary authorisation of animal vaccination are described. Several conditions must be fulfilled before a temporary authorisation can be granted, e.g. inactivated vaccines should be used in order to exclude reversion to virulence and reassortment between vaccine viruses and/or field strains of the bluetongue virus; decision-making must be supported by scientific evidence and risk analysis; there must be a complete census of the susceptible animals that were vaccinated; vaccination protocols must be adhered to and there must be a scheme allowing for registration, delivery and follow-up of vaccination, and monitoring, analysis and, possibly, adjustment of field use of the vaccination. This temporary authorisation must be replaced by a full authorisation as quickly as possible. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical differentiation of malignant catarrhal fever, mucosal disease and bluetongue.
Bexiga, R.; Guyot, Hugues ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2007), 161(25), 858-9

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See detailBovine babesiosis in Belgium: preliminary results of a postal survey of veterinarians in 2006
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Claerebout, E.; Kalume, M. et al

in Rencontres autour des Recherches sur les Ruminants (2007), 14

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See detailA BSE epidemic trend in Belgium and Poland based on age distribution of cases as time of detection
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Polak, M.; Speybroeck, N. et al

in Rencontres autour des Recherches sur les Ruminants (2007), 14

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See detailImpact of a natural bluetongue serotype 8 infection on semen quality of Belgian rams in 2007
Kirschvink, N.; Raes, M.; Saegerman, Claude ULg

in Veterinary Journal (2007)

In 2006, bluetongue (BT) virus serotype 8 emerged in northern Europe and numerous ruminants were affected in the following year. Infertility in males is one of the consequences of BT, although its ... [more ▼]

In 2006, bluetongue (BT) virus serotype 8 emerged in northern Europe and numerous ruminants were affected in the following year. Infertility in males is one of the consequences of BT, although its severity and duration after natural infection has not been documented. In this report, the impact of BT-8 on clinical signs and semen quality of naturally infected rams is described through a longitudinal study of two Belgian ram populations (n=12 and n=24) and a cross sectional study in a further ram population (n=43). Macroscopic semen characteristics, semen concentration, motility, percentage of living and dead spermatozoa were assessed in 167 semen samples collected on 1-6 occasions from 79 BT-8 infected rams within 5-138 days after onset of clinical disease. These were compared with healthy control animals. Significant changes in all variables were observed after natural BT-8 infection. Total recovery occurred around 85 days after clinical disease in animals undergoing a close follow-up of semen quality. Good correspondence between the results of the longitudinal and cross sectional studies suggests that semen quality of BT-8 affected rams reached normal references values 63-138 days after clinical diagnosis of BT. In addition, semen concentration seems to be a sound epidemiological indicator of ram semen quality. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent status of scrapie. CAB review for Perspectives in Agriculture
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Vanopdenbosch, E.; Berkvens, D.

in CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources (2007), 2(027),

Despite being controlled in many developed countries, scrapie remains endemic in many parts of the world. Economic losses result from mortality and culling of small ruminants and from market restrictions ... [more ▼]

Despite being controlled in many developed countries, scrapie remains endemic in many parts of the world. Economic losses result from mortality and culling of small ruminants and from market restrictions. Moreover, it is difficult to develop all-inclusive guidelines that could establish a scrapie-free status for a country. Unfortunately, the global picture remains incomplete because in many countries confusion still remains regarding the clinical picture of scrapie and information is not available owing to the absence of adequate epidemiosurveillance networks. Currently, the predominant theory is that PrPSc is the infectious agent where host genetic factors play a central role. The precise transmission routes of scrapie and their relative contributions to the overall transmission intensity remain poorly documented and the physiopathology is not fully understood. However, it is evident that the purchase of female sheep from scrapie flocks, sharing pastures with scrapie flocks, sharing breeding rams and genetic host susceptibility are the main risk factors for the spread of the disease. A better understanding of the epidemiology of scrapie would greatly aid the development and evaluation of control and eradication strategies that were mainly based on selective depopulation of infected animals and genetically susceptible and/or related animals and also on the biosecurity and the use of selective genetic breeding programmes in healthy flocks. Some numbers of a new transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) form in small ruminants (atypical scrapie) have meanwhile been identified by TSE rapid testing using an assay, which also recognizes comparatively less proteinase K-resistant PrPSc. Uncertainties remain regarding the pathogenesis of this new TSE form, as well as regarding its potential transmissibility within the affected species and to other species. Thus far, no bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases have been confirmed in sheep under natural conditions (a report of vertical transmission after experimental infection merits attention), but two historical cases of BSE in goats born in the 1990s have been identified. Currently BSE must also be considered in the differential diagnosis of scrapie. The development of prevention and control programmes should be assisted by new scientific findings. [less ▲]

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See detailDescription clinique des cas de FCO survenus au Nord de l'Europe durant l'été et l'automne 2006
Guyot, Hugues ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Thiry, Etienne ULg et al

in Bulletin des Groupements Techniques Vétérinaires (2007), 39(avril), 89-96

La fièvre catarrhale ovine (FCO) a été identifiée au Nord de l’Europe <br />le 14 août 2006. L’Allemagne, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas et, dans une <br />moindre mesure, le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et la ... [more ▼]

La fièvre catarrhale ovine (FCO) a été identifiée au Nord de l’Europe <br />le 14 août 2006. L’Allemagne, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas et, dans une <br />moindre mesure, le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et la France ont été <br />affectés. Le sérotype 8 du virus de la FCO (exotique) a rapidement été <br />identifié ainsi qu’un vecteur, Culicoides dewulfi, une espèce indigène du <br />Nord de l’Europe. La maladie s’est rapidement développée et au 1er <br />février 2007, on recensait 2137 foyers de FCO, toutes espèces de <br />ruminants confondues. Globalement, la maladie a affecté davantage les <br />bovins (54 %) que les ovins (46 %). Les signes cliniques les plus <br />fréquemment observés chez les bovins étaient des lésions sur le museau <br />et la cavité buccale (ulcérations/croûtes), de la salivation et des boiteries <br />chez des animaux adultes. La morbidité et la mortalité animales étaient <br />respectivement de maximum 5 % et 1 %. Les principaux signes cliniques <br />rencontrés chez le mouton étaient également des lésions sur le museau <br />et la cavité buccale (ulcérations/croûtes), de l’amaigrissement et des <br />boiteries. La morbidité et la mortalité animales étaient respectivement <br />de maximum 12 % et 6 %. Les signes cliniques n’étant pas <br />pathognomoniques et le diagnostic différentiel relativement vaste, seul <br />un examen de laboratoire permet d’établir un diagnostic de certitude. [less ▲]

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See detailHistory and clinical features of atypical myopathy in horses in Belgium (2000-2005)
Votion, D. M.; Linden, Annick ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2007), 21(6, Nov-Dec), 1380-1391

Background: The emergent nature of atypical myopathy or atypical myoglobinuria (AM) necessitates precise description of its clinical and epidemiologic features. Purpose: To define key features of AM to ... [more ▼]

Background: The emergent nature of atypical myopathy or atypical myoglobinuria (AM) necessitates precise description of its clinical and epidemiologic features. Purpose: To define key features of AM to help practitioners recognize the disease and to advise owners to take preventive measures. Animals: Belgian cases of AM confirmed by histology (CC horses; n = 57) from autumn 2000 to spring 2005 were included in the study. Co-grazing horses (Co-G horses; n = 77) that remained free of any abnormal clinical signs constituted a control croup. Methods: History, environmental characteristics, clinical signs, and laboratory results associated with AM were determined by a retrospective case series study. Results: Young horses in poor or normal body condition were found to be at risk for AM. Pastures were characterized by poor natural drainage and vegetation of low nutritional value. Features of AM were seasonal occurrence, apparent link with weather conditions fie, lack of solar radiation with no heavy frost and an excess of precipitation or relative humidity), sudden onset of clinical signs, and rapid death. Evaluation of serum creatine kinase activity indicated severe muscle destruction in CC horses and subclinical disease in a few Co-G horses. Conclusions: The association of AM with specific environmental conditions and individual animals suggests that young horses should not be pastured on bare premises subject to humidity when the weather has been very wet and cold for several days. Management of AM outbreaks should include control of Co-G horses who are apparently healthy. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication de l’évaluation des risques dans la chaîne alimentaire. Introduction.
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Berkvens, D.

in Application de l’évaluation des risques dans la chaîne alimentaire (2007)

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