Atypical transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in ruminants: a challenge for disease surveillance and control

Seuberlich, Torsten; Heim, Dagmar; Zurbriggen, Andreas (2010). Atypical transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in ruminants: a challenge for disease surveillance and control. Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation, 22(6), pp. 823-42. Columbia, Mo.: American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians AAVLD 10.1177/104063871002200601

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Since 1987, when bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) emerged as a novel disease in cattle, enormous efforts were undertaken to monitor and control the disease in ruminants worldwide. The driving force was its high economic impact, which resulted from trade restrictions and the loss of consumer confidence in beef products, the latter because BSE turned out to be a fatal zoonosis, causing variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in human beings. The ban on meat and bone meal in livestock feed and the removal of specified risk materials from the food chain were the main measures to successfully prevent infection in cattle and to protect human beings from BSE exposure. However, although BSE is now under control, previously unknown, so-called atypical transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) in cattle and small ruminants have been identified by enhanced disease surveillance. This report briefly reviews and summarizes the current level of knowledge on the spectrum of TSEs in cattle and small ruminants and addresses the question of the extent to which such atypical TSEs have an effect on disease surveillance and control strategies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Experimental Clinical Research
05 Veterinary Medicine > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Vetsuisse Faculty
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Seuberlich, Torsten; Heim, Dagmar and Zurbriggen, Andreas

ISSN:

1040-6387

Publisher:

American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians AAVLD

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:32

Last Modified:

16 Feb 2015 15:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/104063871002200601

Web of Science ID:

000284666500001

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/12385 (FactScience: 218719)

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