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See detailPrevalence and characteristics of Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric carcinomas in Tunisia
Trimeche, Mounir; Ksiâa, Feryel; Ziadi, Sonia et al

in European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2009), 21(9), 1001-1007

Objective Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) has been linked to gastric carcinoma (GC) with worldwide geographical variations of prevalence ranging from 1 to 18% of cases. Investigations carried out in north Africa ... [more ▼]

Objective Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) has been linked to gastric carcinoma (GC) with worldwide geographical variations of prevalence ranging from 1 to 18% of cases. Investigations carried out in north Africa have shown that some EBV-associated types of cancers are common in this area. This study was taken to determine the prevalence of EBV-associated GC in Tunisia. Methods Ninety-six nonselected GC cases (male/female ratio 1.7/1, mean age 60.9 years, range: 20–88 years) were evaluated for the presence of EBV by polymerase chain reaction as well as by in-situ hybridization for EBVencoded small RNAs (EBERs) and immunohistochemistry for LMP-1 and EBNA-2 expression. Results EBV was detected by polymerase chain reaction in 36% of cases, whereas EBERs were detected in the tumor cells in only four cases (4.1%). Immunohistochemistry for LMP-1 and EBNA-2 was negative in all cases. The mean age for patients harboring EBERs-positive GC was 55.7 years (range: 52–59 years). All EBERs-positive GC cases were males of advanced clinical stage (pT3–pT4). According to Lauren’s classification, two cases were of diffuse histological type and two cases were of intestinal type. In three cases, the tumors have a proximal location and in the remaining case the tumor arises in the antrum. All EBV strains detected from EBV-associated GC were exclusively of type A and D, prototype F, and XhoI-maintained variant. Conclusion We conclude that the prevalence of EBV-associated GC in Tunisia is low (4.1%), suggesting that this virus is not an important etiological factor in GC arising in north African populations. The clinicopathological profile of EBV-associated GC in Tunisia did not differ markedly from that found elsewhere. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and characteristics of the MMTV-like associated breast carcinomas in Tunisia
Hachana, Mohamed Ridha ULg; Trimeche, Mounir; Ziadi, Sonia et al

in Cancer Letters (2008), 271(2), 222-230

The involvement of a retrovirus homologous to the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) in the pathogenesis of human breast cancer (BC) has long been assumed, but has never been proven. Previous studies have ... [more ▼]

The involvement of a retrovirus homologous to the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) in the pathogenesis of human breast cancer (BC) has long been assumed, but has never been proven. Previous studies have reported the detection of MMTV-like env sequences in variable proportions that did not exceed 40% of BC cases in several countries. However, these viral sequences have been found in higher proportion (74%) in Tunisian diagnosed with BC during the seventies. This study is an attempt to evaluate the current prevalence of MMTV-like env gene in BC in Tunisian women. We used semi-nested PCR that amplify a 190-bp MMTV-like env sequence, followed by direct sequencing to screen a series of 122 cases of BC randomly selected. The findings were correlated to clinicopathological data and immunohistochemical expression status of progesterone and oestrogen receptors, HER2, and P53. Specific MMTV-like env sequences were found in 17 (13.9%) cases of breast carcinomas, whereas the same sequences were not detected in matched normal breast tissues. The presence of the viral sequences correlates inversely with progesterone receptor expression (6.8% versus 20.3%; P = 0.03) and HER2 overexpression (3.1% versus 17.7%; P = 0.04). This present study confirms the presence of MMTV-like env sequences in BC in Tunisian women but describes an important decrease in the prevalence of the viral sequences compared with pervious studies. This reduction may be due to some changes in the virological characteristics or exposure to the virus. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and characterization of Microsporum canis carriage in cats.
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg

in Journal of Medical and Veterinary Mycology : Bi-Monthly Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (1997), 35(4), 249-256

In order to determine the prevalence and to characterize the carriage of Microsporum canis in cats, different mycological examinations (including a culture obtained by hair brushing and Wood's light ... [more ▼]

In order to determine the prevalence and to characterize the carriage of Microsporum canis in cats, different mycological examinations (including a culture obtained by hair brushing and Wood's light examination) were performed on 632 animals of different origins. Group 1 comprised 467 healthy pet cats belonging to veterinary students. In this group, prevalence of carriage was 2.1%: eight cats were asymptomatic transient carriers and one cat was an asymptomatic infected animal presenting discrete Wood's-positive lesions disseminated on the whole body that were visible after sedation and clipping. The carriage prevalence was higher (15.7%) in group 2 comprising 134 European cats destroyed in a pound and kept together. In two additional groups of cats, it was shown that an infected cat was responsible for the dissemination of fungal material into its environment including the other in-contact animals. When the active source of fungus was removed, the dissemination stopped, resulting in a decrease in the amount of infective material recovered from both the animal carriers and the environmental surfaces. This was also observed in two experimental groups of guinea pigs. No association between feline immunodeficiency virus infection and the M. canis carriage was observed in a retrospective case-control study performed on group 2. None of these cats was feline leukaemia virus positive. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and demographic features of childhood growth hormone deficiency in Belgium during the period 1986-2001
Thomas, Muriel; Massa, Guy; Craen, Margarita et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2004), 151(1), 67-72

Objective: Since the availability of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) all children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) living in Belgium are offered rhGH treatment after approval by a peer-review ... [more ▼]

Objective: Since the availability of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) all children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) living in Belgium are offered rhGH treatment after approval by a peer-review board. In this study, we evaluated the prevalence and demographic features of childhood GHD in Belgium during the period 1986-2001 and we compared them with the data from other countries. Methods: Diagnostic, demographic and baseline auxological data of 714 children diagnosed as having GHD between 1986 and 2001 were retrieved from the database of the Belgian Study Group for Paediatric Endocrinology. Results: The prevalence of GHD in Belgium was estimated to be 1/5600. The origin of GHD was idiopathic (idGHD) in 41% of the patients, congenital (congGHD) in 20% and acquired (acqGHD) in 35%. During the first 4 years (1986-1989) more patients were classified as idGHD; thereafter the distribution between the three aetiology groups did not change. In all groups, boys outnumbered girls but this preponderance was especially pronounced in congGHD patients (male:female = 4:1) with a central malformation that associates an anterior pituitary hypoplasia, a missing, fine or normal pituitary stalk and an ectopic posterior pituitary. Thirteen percent of the patients with idGHD, 50% with congGHD and 52% with acqGHD had multiple pituitary deficiencies. Patients with congGHD were the youngest (mean+/-S.D. age: 6.5+/-4.7 years) and were the shortest (-3.0+/-1.3 standard deviation score (SDS)) at the start of rhGH treatment. There was no time trend over the studied period for age and height at onset of GH therapy. Conclusion: In Belgium, the prevalence of childhood GHD can be estimated as 1/5600 which is comparable to other recent surveys. The yearly number of new patients for the different aetiologies and the auxological parameters have remained relatively constant over the last 16 years. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and epidemiology of HIV type 1 drug resistance among newly diagnosed therapy-naive patients in Belgium from 2003 to 2006.
Vercauteren, Jurgen; Derdelinckx, Inge; Sasse, Andre et al

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (2008), 24(3), 355-62

This study is the first prospective study to assess the prevalence, epidemiology, and risk factors of HIV-1 drug resistance in newly diagnosed HIV-infected patients in Belgium. In January 2003 it was ... [more ▼]

This study is the first prospective study to assess the prevalence, epidemiology, and risk factors of HIV-1 drug resistance in newly diagnosed HIV-infected patients in Belgium. In January 2003 it was initiated as part of the pan-European SPREAD program, and continued thereafter for four inclusion rounds until December 2006. Epidemiological, clinical, and behavioral data were collected using a standardized questionnaire and genotypic resistance testing was done on a sample taken within 6 months of diagnosis. Two hundred and eighty-five patients were included. The overall prevalence of transmitted HIV-1 drug resistance in Belgium was 9.5% (27/285, 95% CI: 6.6-13.4). Being infected in Belgium, which largely coincided with harboring a subtype B virus, was found to be significantly associated with transmission of drug resistance. The relatively high rate of baseline resistance might jeopardize the success of first line treatment as more than 1 out of 10 (30/285, 10.5%) viruses did not score as fully susceptible to one of the recommended first-line regimens, i.e., zidovudine, lamivudine, and efavirenz. Our results support the implementation of genotypic resistance testing as a standard of care in all treatment-naive patients in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and identity of cdt-related sequences in necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Jacquemin, E.; Oswald, E.

in Veterinary Microbiology (2003), 94

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See detailPrevalence and impact of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis on health-related quality of life among active subjects
Rabenda, Véronique ULg; Manette, Christelle; Lemmens, R. et al

in Aging Clinical & Experimental Research (2007), 19(1), 55-60

Background and aims: To assess the prevalence and impact of osteoarthritis (OA) and osteoporosis (OP) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among active subjects employed in the public workforce in ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: To assess the prevalence and impact of osteoarthritis (OA) and osteoporosis (OP) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among active subjects employed in the public workforce in Belgium. Methods: A cohort of 3440 subjects employed by the Liege City Council was prospectively followed for 6 months. The employees were asked to fill in a monthly log in a health record book, of data regarding their healthcare consumption due to OA and OP. HRQOL was assessed using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36). Results: 1811 subjects (52.6%) filled in at least one questionnaire. The mean duration of follow-up was 3.46 months. The self-reported prevalence of OA and OP at entry to the study were respectively 34.1% and 5.3%. 3.6% of subjects reported suffering from both OA and OP. Subjects with OA and both OA and OP had significantly lower scores on all SF-36 dimensions compared with normal subjects, reflecting a worse HRQOL. The OP group had significantly lower mean scores for physical functioning and pain compared with controls. Subjects with both OA and OP had significantly lower values for physical functioning, physical role and pain when compared with the OA and OP groups. Conclusions: The results of this survey of a large sample of active subjects show that self-reported osteoarthritis and osteoporosis are common in the workplace. Both diseases have a major impact on health-related quality of life compared with that of people without self-reported musculoskeletal diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and impact of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis on health-related quality of life among active subjects
Rabenda, Véronique ULg; Manette, Christelle; Lemmens, Régine et al

in Osteoporosis International (2005, March), 16(Suppl.3), 110

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See detailPrevalence and incidence of epilepsy in 270 GH-treated adult patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) followed in KIMS database.
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Mattson, A. F.; Koltowska-Haggstrom, M. et al

in European Neuroendocrine Association - Liège, 22-25 septembre 2010 (2010, September)

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See detailPrevalence and management of cancer-related anaemia, iron deficiency and the specific role of intravenous iron
Aapro, M.; Osterborg, A.; Gascon, P. et al

in Annals of Oncology (2012), 23

Background: Chronic diseases reduce the availability of iron for effective erythropoiesis. This review summarises clinical consequences of iron deficiency (ID) and anaemia in cancer patients, mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Background: Chronic diseases reduce the availability of iron for effective erythropoiesis. This review summarises clinical consequences of iron deficiency (ID) and anaemia in cancer patients, mechanisms how impaired iron homeostasis affects diagnosis and treatment of ID, and data from clinical trials evaluating i.v. iron with or without concomitant erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). Design: Clinical trial reports were identified in PubMed and abstracts at relevant major congresses. Results: Reported prevalence of ID in cancer patients ranges from 32 to 60% and most iron-deficient patients are also anaemic. Randomised clinical trials have shown superior efficacy of i.v. iron over oral or no iron in reducing blood transfusions, increasing haemoglobin, and improving quality of life in ESA-treated anaemic cancer patients. Furthermore, i.v. iron without additional ESA should be evaluated as potential treatment in patients with chemotherapyinduced anaemia. At recommended doses, i.v. iron is well tolerated, particularly compared with oral iron. No serious drug-related adverse effects were seen during long-term use in renal disease and no effect on tumour growth has been observed in trials with anaemic cancer patients. Conclusions: Reliable diagnosis and treatment of ID are recommended key steps in modern cancer patient management to minimise impact on quality of life and performance status. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and mechanisms of resistance to carbapenems in Enterobacteriaceae
Huang, Te-Din; Berhin, Catherine; Glupczynski, Youri et al

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2013), 68(8), 1832-7

Objectives: To determine the point prevalence of carbapenem-non-susceptible Enterobacteriaceae (CNSE) and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) isolates among hospitalized patients in Belgium ... [more ▼]

Objectives: To determine the point prevalence of carbapenem-non-susceptible Enterobacteriaceae (CNSE) and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) isolates among hospitalized patients in Belgium. Methods: Twenty-four hospital-based laboratories prospectively collected 200 non-duplicated Enterobacteriaceae isolates from clinical specimens of hospitalized patients over a 2 month period. All isolates were screened locally for decreased susceptibility to carbapenem drugs using a disc diffusion method according to CLSI interpretative criteria. CNSE strains were referred centrally for confirmation of carbapenemase by phenotypic and molecular testing. Results: From February to April 2012, 158 of the 4564 screened Enterobacteriaceae isolates were categorized as non-susceptible to carbapenems, resulting in a point prevalence of CNSE of 3.5% (95% CI: 2.9%–4.2%; range per centre: 0.5%–8.5%). Of the 125 referred CNSE isolates, 11 Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates [OXA-48 (n=7), KPC type (n=3) and NDM type (n=1)], 1 OXA-48-positive Escherichia coli isolate and 1 KPC-positive Klebsiella oxytoca isolate were detected in eight hospitals. None of the 72 carbapenem-non-susceptible Enterobacter spp. isolates were confirmed as CPE. The minimal estimated point prevalence of CPE isolates was 0.28% (13/ 4564; 95% CI: 0.13%–0.44%) overall (range per centre: 0%–1.5%). Conclusions: Despite the overall low prevalence of CNSE found in this study, the detection of CPE isolates in one-third of the participating centres raises concerns and highly suggests the spread and establishment of CPE in Belgian hospitals. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and Molecular Typing of Attaching and Effacing Escherichia Coli among Calf Populations in Belgium
China, B.; Pirson, V.; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Veterinary Microbiology (1998), 63(2-4), 249-259

Attaching and effacing Escherichia coli are involved in diarrhea in 2 to 8-week old calves. The virulence factors of these bacteria include: (i) the secretion of proteins (i.e. EspB) involved in ... [more ▼]

Attaching and effacing Escherichia coli are involved in diarrhea in 2 to 8-week old calves. The virulence factors of these bacteria include: (i) the secretion of proteins (i.e. EspB) involved in microvilli effacement, (ii) the production of the intimin, a 94 kDa outer membrane protein encoded by the eaeA gene and involved in the intimate attachment of bacteria to epithelial cell and (iii) the production of verotoxins: VT1 and/or VT2. We investigated the presence and the pathotype of these strains in several calf populations by colony hybridization or by genetic amplification. Using the colony hybridization method we showed first that only 5% of calves who died from diarrhea presented EaeA+ E. coli strains and secondly that 19% of healthy calves showed an asymptomatic carriage. However, using colony hybridization and genetic amplification, we identified EaeA+ strains in 91% of calves living in farms with recurrent diarrhea problems. In 66% of the calves, there was a correlation between the presence of AEEC and diarrhea. At the pathotype level, most of the EaeA+ isolates were negative for VT probes. In VT+ bacteria, the majority were VT1+. The number of VT positive bacteria was significantly higher in calves who died from diarrhea than in healthy or sick calves. This underlined the aggravating role of verotoxins in the disease. Moreover, only 25% of the bovine AEEC were positive with the EaeB probe. Surprisingly, the proportion of EaeB+ strains was significantly higher in healthy calves than in other populations. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and prognosis of Alzheimer’s disease at the mild cognitive impairment stage
Vos; VERHEY, F.; Frölich, L. et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2015)

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See detailPrevalence and Richness of Gastrointestinal Parasites of Capuchins (Cebus albifrons) Interacting with humans in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Ramirez, William; Martin, Sarah ULg; Carrillo Bilbao, Gabriel Alberto et al

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See detailPrevalence and Risk Factors for Various Cardiac Diseases in a Hospital-Based Population of 3434 Horses (1994-2011)
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2013), 27(6), 1563-70

Background: Risk factors for several cardiac diseases have been suspected in horses, but few have been statistically demonstrated in a large equine population. Objectives: To describe risk factors for ... [more ▼]

Background: Risk factors for several cardiac diseases have been suspected in horses, but few have been statistically demonstrated in a large equine population. Objectives: To describe risk factors for various cardiac diseases in a hospital-based equine population. Animals: Files of 3434 horses admitted at the internal medicine department of the Liege Equine Teaching Hospital between 1994 and 2011were reviewed and of those, 284 were categorized as suffering from moderate to severe cardiac disease. Methods: Observational study. After calculating prevalence for each cardiac disease, we tested whether breed (chi-square test) or gender, age, body weight (BW) and other cardiac diseases (logistic regressions) were risk factors (p<0.05 significant). Results: Mitral regurgitation (MR, 4.4%), atrial fibrillation (AF, 2.3%), aortic regurgitation (AR, 2.1%) and tricuspid regurgitation (TR, 1.7%) were the most common cardiac abnormalities. Determinants were male gender and increasing age for AR (OR=2.03, CI=1.07-4.94), racehorses breed and middle-age for TR (OR=4.36; CI=1.10-17.24), and high BW for AF (OR=3.54; CI=1.67-7.49). MR was the major valvular disease associated with AF, pathological ventricular arrhythmia, pulmonary regurgitation (PR) and congestive heart failure (CHF). TR was also linked to AF, PR and CHF; AR was not linked to CHF. Conclusions and clinical importance: Several previously suspected risks factors of a variety of equine cardiac diseases are statistically confirmed in the studied hospital-based population. Similar observation could be suspected in a larger randomized population and should be taken into account in health and sport’s monitoring of horses presenting predisposing factors. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and screening of burnout among Belgian population
DE CIA, Julie ULg; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg; Schippers, Nathalie ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 26)

The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of burnout among Belgian workers through the identification of burnout cases within the practices of general practitioners (GP) and the health ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of burnout among Belgian workers through the identification of burnout cases within the practices of general practitioners (GP) and the health surveillance carried out by occupational health physicians (OP) .The prevalence may be estimated at about 0,8 % of the Belgian population; this figure is similar among workers consulting GP and OP. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and sources of Campylobacter spp. contamination in free-range broiler production in Belgium
Vandeplas, Sabrina ULg; Dubois Dauphin, Robin ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in World's Poultry Science Journal (2006), 62(supplément), 557

An one year epidemiological study was carried out between February 2005 and January 2006 in Belgium to assess the Campylobacter prevalence in free-range broiler production. Three successive broiler flocks ... [more ▼]

An one year epidemiological study was carried out between February 2005 and January 2006 in Belgium to assess the Campylobacter prevalence in free-range broiler production. Three successive broiler flocks on 6 belgian farms were investigated for the presence of Campylobacter ssp. during the rearing period. Each flock was visited four times, before and after the outdoor rearing period. During each visit, samples were taken in the broiler houses (litter, cecal droppings, water-lines, feed, entrance premises) as well as from the outer rearing environment (open-air range). Conventional microbiological methods combined with biochemical tests were used for the Campylobacter detection, species identification and isolation. Campylobacter prevalence was very high in free-range broiler production during the experimental period. C. jejuni is the main species isolated from all contaminated samples, while mixed C. jejuni/C. coli infections sometimes occured. Contamination of the broiler flocks was increased in summer/autumn, with a 100% flocks contamination, whereas only 4 (66.7%) and 3 (50%) of the flocks became Campylobacter positive in spring and winter respectively, at the end of the rearing period. Moreover, about 53.8% of contaminated flocks were infected with Campylobacter before chicks have access to the open-air range. In 69.2% of the Campylobacter-positive flocks, the open-air range soil belonged partly of fully to environmental samples found to be Campylobacter-positive before flock infection. The other potential sources of infection were delivery tray, entrance premises floor and water-lines. The access to an open-air range seems to be an important way of contamination of broilers because Campylobacter prevalence in the flocks increased after going out. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and sources of Campylobacter spp. contamination in free-range broiler production in the southern part of Belgium
Vandeplas, Sabrina ULg; Dubois Dauphin, Robin ULg; Palm, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2010), 14(2), 279-288

A one year epidemiological study was carried out between February 2005 and January 2006 in the southern part of Belgium to assess the Campylobacter prevalence in free-range broiler production. Three ... [more ▼]

A one year epidemiological study was carried out between February 2005 and January 2006 in the southern part of Belgium to assess the Campylobacter prevalence in free-range broiler production. Three successive broiler flocks from six Belgian farms were investigated for the presence of Campylobacter spp. during the rearing period. Each flock was visited four times, before and after the outdoor rearing period. During each visit, samples were taken in the broiler house (litter, cecal droppings, water-lines, feed, anteroom) as well as from the outer rearing environment (open-air range). The Campylobacter detection in all samples was carried out according to the ISO 10272 standard. Identification was based on colonial morphology, microscopic examination, and biochemical tests. PCR multiplex was used for genetic confirmation. Campylobacter jejuni was the main species isolated from all contaminated samples. Overall, mixed infections C. jejuni/C. coli represented 40.6%, while C. jejuni and C. coli represented 46.9% and 12.5% of chicken samples respectively. A 100% flock contamination was observed in the 6 farms during the summer/autumn period, whereas only 66.7% and 33.3% of the flocks became Campylobacter-positive in spring and winter respectively, at the end of the rearing period. Half of contaminated flocks were infected before chickens have access to the open-air range. Environmental samples, especially the open-air range soil, were found to be Campylobacter-positive before flock infection. The other potential sources of contamination were delivery tray, anteroom floor and water-lines. Other animal productions like cattle on the farm, no applied rodent control, no cleaning and disinfection of water-lines between flocks, no detergent used for cleansing and thinning were recorded as risk factors. In conclusion, the contact with the environment, particularly the access to an open-air range, appeared to be the major way of Campylobacter contamination of chickens in free-range broiler production. [less ▲]

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