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See detailNatural intrauterine infection with Schmallenberg virus in malformed newborn calves: pathology and distribution of viral RNA
Bayrou, Calixte ULg; Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Sarlet, Michaël ULg et al

in Emerging Infectious Diseases (2014), 20(8),

We comprehensively surveyed morphologic alterations in calves naturally infected in utero by Schmallenberg virus (SBV) and born deformed. SBV-specific RNA was distributed unevenly in different tissues ... [more ▼]

We comprehensively surveyed morphologic alterations in calves naturally infected in utero by Schmallenberg virus (SBV) and born deformed. SBV-specific RNA was distributed unevenly in different tissues. Implications for diagnosic procedures are highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Usutu virus in a bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) and a great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) in north-west Europe
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Marlier, Didier ULg; Tenner-Racz, Klara et al

in Veterinary Journal (2014), 199

In October 2012, a 3-year-old bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) held in captivity for its entire lifespan and a wild adult great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), both with neurological signs, were ... [more ▼]

In October 2012, a 3-year-old bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) held in captivity for its entire lifespan and a wild adult great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), both with neurological signs, were found 4 km from each other and 5 days apart in the Meuse Valley, Belgium. Non-suppurative encephalitis and mild degeneration and necrosis were identified in the brain and cerebellum, and Usutu virus antigen and RNA were detected by immunohistochemistry and real-time reverse transcriptase PCR, respectively. The two cases reported here represent the most western distribution of clinical disease in birds due to Usutu virus. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Usutu virus in a bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) and a great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) in north-west Europe
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Marlier, Didier ULg; Tenner-Racz, Klara et al

in Veterinary Journal (2014), 199

In October 2012, a 3-year-old bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) held in captivity for its entire lifespan and a wild adult great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), both with neurological signs, were ... [more ▼]

In October 2012, a 3-year-old bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) held in captivity for its entire lifespan and a wild adult great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), both with neurological signs, were found 4 km from each other and 5 days apart in the Meuse Valley, Belgium. Non-suppurative encephalitis and mild degeneration and necrosis were identified in the brain and cerebellum, and Usutu virus antigen and RNA were detected by immunohistochemistry and real-time reverse transcriptase PCR, respectively. The two cases reported here represent the most western distribution of clinical disease in birds due to Usutu virus. [less ▲]

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See detailHAEMATOLOGICAL PROFILES OF CALVES BELONGING TO HERDS WITH BOVINE NEONATAL PANCYTOPENIA HISTORY IN AND AROUND WALLONIA (BELGIUM).
Ronzoni, Anna ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg; Bayrou, Calixte ULg et al

in Buiatrissima, 8th ECBHM Symposium, 28-30 August 2013, Bern, Proceedings (2013, August)

The objective of the present study was to verify the hypothesis of subclinical BNP cases, by random sampling and haematological analysis in different herds with BNP history, in order to obtain a better ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study was to verify the hypothesis of subclinical BNP cases, by random sampling and haematological analysis in different herds with BNP history, in order to obtain a better epidemiological picture of this disease. [less ▲]

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See detailIMMUNE AND NEURO-ENDOCRINE RESPONSES OF GRAVID EURASIAN PERCH TO CHRONIC CONFINEMENT AND SOCIAL ISOLATION STRESS
Mandiki, SMN; Douxfils, Jessica; Massart, Sophie et al

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See detailA clinical case of congenital tremors in piglets without evidence of PCV-1 and PCV-2
wavreille; Simon, Fanny (Co-first author); Servais, Vincent et al

Poster (2013, May 22)

Congenital tremor (CT) is a disease of newborn pigs characterized by spontaneous clonic contractions of one or more groups of voluntary muscles. Besides suspected or confirmed etiologies of CT such as ... [more ▼]

Congenital tremor (CT) is a disease of newborn pigs characterized by spontaneous clonic contractions of one or more groups of voluntary muscles. Besides suspected or confirmed etiologies of CT such as classical swine fever virus, pseudorabies virus, Japanese encephalomyelitis virus, hereditary disorders in Landrace or Saddleback pigs, organophosphorus poisoning etc., porcine circovirus (PCV) has been described as a potential cause of CT. The type AII seems to be the most common form of CT. Although a potential association between PCV1 or PCV2 and CT-AII has been observed, about 50% CT cases described up till now are caused by unknown reasons. In a PCV-seropositive 108-sow, farrow-to-finish Belgian pig farm breeding hyperprolific Landrace, 42 litters with shaking piglet(s) were reported since June 2006. On March 2012, piglets born from four sows of a 27 sow batch demonstrated CT. After exclusion of main etiologies of CT from these CT-affected piglets, it was hypothesized that PCV1 or PCV2 could be the reason. Necropsies (n=8) and histopathology (n=3) were performed and no evidence of macroscopic or microscopic lesions were seen in cerebrum, cerebellum and spinal cord. Pre-suckled and post-suckled (after 3 days of colostrum uptake) serum samples were also collected from 9 piglets to determine PCV1- and PCV2-specific Ab titres by an immuno-peroxidase monolayer assay (IPMA). No PCV-specific Ab titres were observed in pre-suckled serum samples (≤40), whereas IPMA Ab titres of ≥640 were observed in post-suckled serum samples. Both PCV1 and PCV2 could not be isolated (<101.7 TCID50/g tissue) from 4 tested piglets (in heart, brain and lungs). The present results do not support the hypothesis that PCV1 or PCV2 are linked to CT in newborn piglets. [less ▲]

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See detailBovine lymphotropic herpesvirus detected in Belgium
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Bayrou, Calixte ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 172

The bovine lymphotropic herpesvirus was detected for the first time outside the US, Canada and UK in a cow with nonresponsive chronic metritis.

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See detailSchmallenberg virus circulation in Belgium in 2012
Bayrou, Calixte ULg; Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 172

Field and laboratory observations suggest that Schmallenberg virus was circulating in Belgium during the summer 2012 despite a very high herd immunity. Further studies will be conducted to determine ... [more ▼]

Field and laboratory observations suggest that Schmallenberg virus was circulating in Belgium during the summer 2012 despite a very high herd immunity. Further studies will be conducted to determine whether we are observing the last cases of this epizootic or if the above calves announce a transition to endemicity. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévalence des cas de lymphadénite granulomateuse sous‐maxillaire chez des porcs abattus en Belgique
Vyt, Philip; Denoël, Joseph ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 06)

In pigs the Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) causes granulomatous lymphadenitis. Carcasses with such lesions must be detected, as parts of the affected carcasses and organs have to be condemned. These ... [more ▼]

In pigs the Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) causes granulomatous lymphadenitis. Carcasses with such lesions must be detected, as parts of the affected carcasses and organs have to be condemned. These nontuberculous mycobacteria are opportunistic pathogens which have acquired an increasing importance in public health in recent decades due to their ability to cause lung diseases, lymphadenitis in children and systemic infections in immunocompromised patients ‐ even if the potential risk of infection of an immunocompromised person by MAC in the consumption of undercooked pork still has to be determined. The first objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of submandibular granulomatous lymphadenitis in pigs slaughtered in Belgium. Between August 2010 and September 2011, 16,211 carcasses were inspected by the same veterinarian in 2 slaughterhouses – one in Flanders, the other in Wallonia. Eighty‐six suspected cases of submandibular granulomatous lymphadenitis (0.53% of pigs; 95% Confidence Interval: 0.42‐0.65%) were identified, collected and submitted to histopathological (Ziehl‐Neelsen and haematoxylin‐eosin staining) and bacteriological (culture, PCR, molecular typing) tests. The second objective of the study was to characterize lesions and to identify the relative importance of MAC and Rhodococcus equi to explain the lesions. Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH) was isolated from 6 lymph nodes (7.0%; 95% CI: 2.6‐14.6%) and Rhodococcus equi from 45 (52.3%; 95% CI: 41.3‐63.2%). The final objective of the study consisted in farm investigation to evaluate the possible source of contamination of pigs by MAH. Potential sources such as sawdust, water, wild birds and/or cattle were identified. [less ▲]

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See detailAltered mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation capacity in horses suffering from polysaccharide storage myopathy
Tosi, Irène ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

Poster (2013)

Introduction: Exertional rhabdomyolyses are a common cause of exercise intolerance in the equine athlete, and Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) is a widely described muscular pathology. It is ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Exertional rhabdomyolyses are a common cause of exercise intolerance in the equine athlete, and Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) is a widely described muscular pathology. It is characterized by an accumulation of abnormal glycogen in myofibers due to a genetic defect in the skeletal muscle glycogen synthase (GYS1) enzyme. We hypothesized that the energetic production through the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) in muscular mitochondria might be impaired in type-1 PSSM-affected horses. Material and Methods: Eight horses with a history of exertional rhabdomyolysis were tested for the GYS1 mutation. Muscle biopsies were collected and used for histological analysis and high resolution respirometry (HRR). HRR values from 3 groups of horses (PSSM-positive horses, horses with a history of myopathy but negative to PSSM and healthy controls) were compared using a linear mixed model to take into account repeated (2-3 times) measurements made for each horse. Results: In four horses histology revealed an accumulation of abnormal glycogen in myofibers. A severe depression of the maximal OXPHOS capacity was observed by HRR in all horses with exertional rhabodmyolysis, with lower values in PSSM-positive cases. Conclusions: Our study shows a severe decreased OXPHOS capacity in PSSM-affected horses. PSSM is considered primarily a defect in glycogen synthesis but altered OXPHOS might play a central role in its pathogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailSchmallenberg virus in domestic cattle, Belgium, 2012
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Bayrou, Calixte ULg; Kleijnen, Déborah ULg et al

in Emerging Infectious Diseases (2012), 18(9), 1512-1514

The Schmallenberg virus emerged in summer-fall 2011 in North-West Europe. Nine months later, 91% of adult cattle living about 250 km from the emergence location tested positive for IgGs targeting the new ... [more ▼]

The Schmallenberg virus emerged in summer-fall 2011 in North-West Europe. Nine months later, 91% of adult cattle living about 250 km from the emergence location tested positive for IgGs targeting the new virus nucleoprotein. Further, the risk of infection of the fetus in an immunologically naive herd is 28%. [less ▲]

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See detailSchmallenberg virus: a new Shamonda/Sathuperi-like virus on the rise in Europe
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Bayrou, Calixte ULg; Kleijnen, Déborah ULg et al

in Antiviral Research (2012), 95

In the summer-fall of 2011, a nonspecific febrile syndrome characterized by hyperthermia, drop in milk production and watery diarrhea was reported in adult dairy cows from a series of farms located in ... [more ▼]

In the summer-fall of 2011, a nonspecific febrile syndrome characterized by hyperthermia, drop in milk production and watery diarrhea was reported in adult dairy cows from a series of farms located in North-West Europe. Further, in November 2011, an enzootic outbreak of abortion, stillbirth and birth at term of lambs, kids and calves with neurologic signs and/or head, spine or limb malformations emerged throughout several European countries. Both syndromes were associated with the presence in the blood (adults) or in the central nervous system (newborns) of the genome of a new Shamonda-like orthobunyavirus provisionally named Schmallenberg virus after the place where the first positive samples were collected. The clinical, pathological, virological and epidemiological facts that were made publicly available during the first 6 months after the emergence are presented here. Current knowledge of the epidemiology of the phylogenetically closest relatives of the newcomer (Shamonda, Aino and Akabane viruses) is not exhaustive enough to predict whether the current outbreak of Schmallenberg virus is the prelude to endemicity or to a 2 years long outbreak before the infection burns out when serologically naïve animals are no longer available. In the future, cyclic epizootic reemergences are a possibility too, either synchronized with a global decrease of herd immunity or due to antigenic variants escaping the immunity acquired against their predecessors. The latter hypothesis seems unlikely because of the wide array of biologic constraints acting on the genome of viruses whose life cycle requires transmission by a vector, which represses genetic drift. The remarkable stability of the Shamonda virus genome over the last forty years is reassuring in this regard. [less ▲]

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See detailGranulomatous meningo-encephalitis caused by Toxoplasma gondii in three bulls, a possible explanation for unexplained sporadic bovine meningo-encephalitis
Theron, Léonard ULg; Tabaran, F; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Revista Portuguesa de Buiatria (2012, June), (Special Edition),

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See detailSchmallenberg virus in calf born at term with porencephaly, Belgium
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Hoffmann, Bernd; Dive, Marc et al

in Emerging Infectious Diseases (2012), 18(6), 1005-1006

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See detailEuropean outbreaks of atypical myopathy in grazing horses (2006-2009): Determination of indicators for risk and prognostic factors
Van Galen, Gaby ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Marcilllaud Pitel, Christel et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2012), DOI: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2012.00555.x

Appropriate management of atypical myopathy (AM) requires the establishment of an accurate diagnosis and prognosis. Furthermore, preventive measures to avoid AM need to be refined. The aims of the study ... [more ▼]

Appropriate management of atypical myopathy (AM) requires the establishment of an accurate diagnosis and prognosis. Furthermore, preventive measures to avoid AM need to be refined. The aims of the study were as follows: 1) to improve the diagnosis of AM; 2) to identify prognostic predictors; and 3) to refine recommended preventive measures based on indicators of risk factors. [less ▲]

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See detailThe diagnostic value of equine rectal and duodenal biopsies.
Tossens, Morgane; Borde, Laura ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2012), 26(2), 430-431

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See detailRectal biopsies in 12 horses: Technique, safety and diagnostic value of histopathology
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

Conference (2011, February 05)

Several rectal biopsy techniques have been reported in horses and sites vary between 15cm or 30cm from the anus, and on the rectal floor or roof. The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety of the ... [more ▼]

Several rectal biopsy techniques have been reported in horses and sites vary between 15cm or 30cm from the anus, and on the rectal floor or roof. The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety of the technique performed with a uterine biopsy claw and the diagnostic value of rectal biopsies. Eight rectal biopsies, taken at 2H, 4H, 8H, 10H of the rectal wall respectively, each at both 15cm and 30cm from the anus, were taken pre-mortem with a uterine biopsy claw from 12 horses destined to euthanasia. Seven of these horses suffered from weight loss or chronic diarrhoea and 5 were control horses euthanized for non-digestive reasons. At the post-mortem samples of duodenum, ileum, caecum, colon and rectum were taken and the rectum was inspected for macroscopic lesions. Histopathology was performed on haematoxylin-eosin stained slides of all samples. Statistical analysis was performed with Fisher’s test. Sampling was considered easier at 2H for a right-handed person. Necropsies show that 91% of biopsies located 30cm from the anus and 48% of biopsies located 15cm were taken cranial of the retroperitoneal reflection. Hematomas (44%) existed especially on the ventral side. Inflammation at histology was significantly more important in rectal biopsies sampled at 30cm from the anus and in sick horses compared to 15cm and control horses respectively. The results of this study suggest that rectal biopsy could be an interesting ancillary test in horses with chronic diarrhoea or weight loss, but also shows the limits of the technique. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of naturally-occurring, trans-placental bluetongue virus serotype-8 infection on reproductive performance in sheep.
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Bolkaerts, Benoit; Baricalla, Christine et al

in Veterinary Journal (2011), 187(1), 72-80

Infection with bluetongue virus serotype (BTV)-8 occurred in ruminants in 2006 in Central-Western Europe. The trans-placental passage of this virus has been demonstrated in naturally- and experimentally ... [more ▼]

Infection with bluetongue virus serotype (BTV)-8 occurred in ruminants in 2006 in Central-Western Europe. The trans-placental passage of this virus has been demonstrated in naturally- and experimentally-infected cattle and in experimentally-infected sheep. Trans-placental transmission is potentially important in the 'over-wintering' of this virus and its subsequent impact on reproductive performance. This epidemiological study was carried out on a sheep flock in Belgium that had experienced a severe outbreak of BTV-8 infection, and where the seroprevalence had increased from 1.3% to 88% between January and November 2007. In total, 476 lambs and 26 aborted fetuses from 300 ewes, lambing at four distinct time periods, were investigated between November 2007 and May 2008. The following evidence suggested that BTV-8 infection occurred in utero: (1) positive PCR results from splenic tissue from aborted fetuses (n=4); (2) fetal malformations suggestive of BTV infection (n=10); (3) positive PCR results from red blood cells in-lambs (n=7), and (4) the presence of antibody at birth in viable lambs prior to the intake of colostrum (n=9). The evidence provided by this investigation strongly suggests that trans-placental BTV-8 infection occurs in naturally-infected sheep and the impact of infection on the reproductive performance of such a naive flock was considerable, with up to 25% of ewes aborting and with flock fertility reduced by 50%. The contribution of in utero-infected lambs to the over-wintering of BTV appears limited. [less ▲]

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