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Epidemiology, public health and modelling

Section edited by Prof. Laura Rinaldi and Prof. Michael Tildesley 

This section considers research that investigates the incidence, distribution, and possible control of veterinary diseases and other factors relating to animal health. This section particularly welcomes research covering the management of diseases that are of key importance to animal and public health. Research describing transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, mathematical modeling, application of epidemiological findings in clinical practice, descriptive epidemiological studies, meta-analyses, and studies of both international and geographically-limited interest are considered. 

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  1. Escherichia coli O157 is a bacterial pathogen associated with severe disease in humans for which cattle are an important reservoir of infection. The identification of possible risk factors for infection in cattle...

    Authors: Madeleine K. Henry, Catherine M. McCann, Roger W. Humphry, Mair Morgan, Alice Willett, Judith Evans, George J. Gunn and Sue C. Tongue

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:444

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  2. In the past years, it became apparent that health status and performance differ considerably within dairy farms in Northern Germany. In order to obtain clues with respect to possible causes of these difference...

    Authors: Katharina Charlotte Jensen, Cornelia Frömke, Bettina Schneider, Phuong Do Duc, Frieder Gundling, Katrin Birnstiel, Franziska Schönherr, Theresa Scheu, Anika Kaiser-Wichern, Svenja Woudstra, Christian Seyboldt, Martina Hoedemaker and Amely Campe

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:442

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  3. Tuberculosis remains a major public health challenge globally with increasing risks for inter-transmission between pastoralists and cattle in Nigeria. This study was aimed at using molecular tools to establish...

    Authors: Hezekiah Kehinde Adesokan, Victor Oluwatoyin Akinseye, Elizabeth Maria Streicher, Paul Van Helden, Rob Mark Warren and Simeon Idowu Cadmus

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:437

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  4. Feather damage (FD) resulting from feather pecking remains a concern in non-cage housing systems for laying hens worldwide. This study aimed to identify bird-, housing-, and management-related factors associat...

    Authors: Caitlin Decina, Olaf Berke, Nienke van Staaveren, Christine F. Baes, Tina M. Widowski and Alexandra Harlander-Matauschek

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:435

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  5. Toxoplasma gondii, an important food borne zoonotic parasite, infects almost all warm-blooded animals including pigs. People primarily become infected with T. gondii via consuming meat of infected animals. Status...

    Authors: Rashmi Thakur, Rajnish Sharma, R. S. Aulakh, J. P. S. Gill and B. B. Singh

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:431

    Content type: Research article

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  6. One of the key steps in the management of chronic diseases in animals including Johne’s disease (JD), caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP), is the ability to track disease incidence over sp...

    Authors: K. S. T. Kanankege, G. Machado, L. Zhang, B. Dokkebakken, V. Schumann, S. J. Wells, A. M. Perez and J. Alvarez

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:429

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  7. Increased prevalence of antimicrobial resistance, treatment failure, and financial losses have been reported in dairy cows with coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) clinical mastitis, however, studies on CoNS...

    Authors: Lufuno Phophi, Inge-Marie Petzer and Daniel Nenene Qekwana

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:420

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Fasciola hepatica is a liver parasite of mammals and it results in poor welfare outcomes and economic losses in ruminants. While faecal egg count is the test most commonly used for diagnosis, it does not indicate...

    Authors: Maria Pia Munita, Rosemary Rea, Ana Maria Martinez-Ibeas, Noel Byrne, Aideen Kennedy, Mary Sekiya, Grace Mulcahy and Riona Sayers

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:414

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Canine leptospirosis is a reemerging zoonotic disease concern in North America, and a better understanding of its epidemiology is needed. Wide-scale use and subsequent analyses of polymerase chain reaction (PC...

    Authors: Amanda M. Smith, Andréia Gonçalves Arruda, Michelle D. Evason, J. S. Weese, Thomas E. Wittum, Donald Szlosek and Jason W. Stull

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:412

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Little information about the prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites in yaks (Bos grunniens) in northwest China is available. Therefore, the objective of the study was to quantify faecal egg counts of gastrointe...

    Authors: Si-Yuan Qin, Ming-Yang Yin, Guang-Yao Song, Qi-Dong Tan, Jin-Lei Wang and Dong-Hui Zhou

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:410

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Leptospirosis is a neglected zoonosis of public health importance transmitted through contact with contaminated soil, water or urine of infected animals. In pigs the disease is characterized by abortion, still...

    Authors: Jeremiah N. Ngugi, Eric M. Fèvre, Georgies F. Mgode, Mark Obonyo, Ginethon G. Mhamphi, Christina A. Otieno and Elizabeth Anne Jessie Cook

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:403

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Different tick species are able to transmit different pathogens, and tick-borne diseases are of substantial concern worldwide for both humans and animals. Environmental changes and changes in the range of tick...

    Authors: Agne Namina, Valentina Capligina, Maija Seleznova, Rudolfs Krumins, Darja Aleinikova, Agnija Kivrane, Sarmite Akopjana, Marija Lazovska, Inese Berzina and Renate Ranka

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:398

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  13. Since 2016, incursions of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) H5N8 clade 2.3.4.4b have caused unprecedented clinical signs and mortality in white-tailed eagles (WTE; Haliaeetus albicilla) across Europ...

    Authors: Megan Marie Lee, Veerle L. B. Jaspers, Mari E. Løseth, Nathalie Briels, Torgeir Nygård, Jan Ove Bustnes and Courtney A. Waugh

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:375

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The aim of this study was to quantify the seroprevalence of hare treponematosis in European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) populations in the Czech Republic and to test for an association between treponematosis pre...

    Authors: Markéta Nováková, David Najt, Lenka Mikalová, Marcela Kostková, Eliška Vrbová, Michal Strouhal, Annika Posautz, Sascha Knauf and David Šmajs

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:350

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  15. Lameness in dairy cows has been an ongoing concern of great relevance to animal welfare and productivity in modern dairy production. Many studies have examined associations between various factors related to h...

    Authors: Andreas W. Oehm, Gabriela Knubben-Schweizer, Anna Rieger, Alexander Stoll and Sonja Hartnack

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:346

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  16. Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is endemic in Afghanistan with serotypes O, A and Asia 1 being prevalent. A retrospective study of data collected through passive surveillance of outbreaks of FMD in Afghanistan fr...

    Authors: Arash Osmani, Ian Duncan Robertson, Ihab Habib and Ahmad Arash Aslami

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:340

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  17. The potential for an exotic disease incursion is a significant concern for the United Kingdom (UK) equine industry. Horse owners’ perceptions of, and attitudes towards, exotic diseases can influence decisions ...

    Authors: Kelsey L. Spence, Jacqueline M. Cardwell, Josh Slater and Sarah M. Rosanowski

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:338

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  18. In developed nations, pet ownership is common within families. Both physical and psychological health benefits may result from owning a pet during childhood and adolescence. However, it is difficult to determi...

    Authors: Rebecca Purewal, Robert Christley, Katarzyna Kordas, Carol Joinson, Kerstin Meints, Nancy Gee and Carri Westgarth

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:334

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  19. Salmonella is generally considered as a human pathogen causing typhoid fever and gastrointestinal infections called salmonellosis, with S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium strains as the main causative agents. Salm...

    Authors: Bartłomiej Dudek, Marta Książczyk, Eva Krzyżewska, Klaudia Rogala, Maciej Kuczkowski, Anna Woźniak-Biel, Kamila Korzekwa, Agnieszka Korzeniowska-Kowal, Radosław Ratajszczak, Alina Wieliczko, Jacek Rybka and Gabriela Bugla-Płoskońska

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:312

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Brucellosis is a worldwide zoonotic infectious disease that is transmitted in various ways and causes great harm to humans and animals. The brucellosis pathogen is Brucella, which mainly resides in macrophage cel...

    Authors: Lu-Lu Wang, Xiao-Feng Chen, Pan Hu, Shi-Ying Lu, Bao-Quan Fu, Yan-Song Li, Fei-Fei Zhai, Dan-Di Ju, Shi-Jun Zhang, Yi-Ming Shui, Jiang Chang, Xiao-Long Ma, Bing Su, Yu Zhou, Zeng-Shan Liu and Hong-Lin Ren

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:304

    Content type: Research article

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  21. In recent years, outbreaks caused by multi-host pathogens (MHP) have posed a serious challenge to public and animal health authorities. The frequent implication of wildlife in such disease systems and a lack o...

    Authors: Julien Portier, Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis, Mike R. Hutchings, Elodie Monchâtre-Leroy, Céline Richomme, Sylvain Larrat, Wim H. M. van der Poel, Morgane Dominguez, Annick Linden, Patricia Tavares Santos, Eva Warns-Petit, Jean-Yves Chollet, Lisa Cavalerie, Claude Grandmontagne, Mariana Boadella, Etienne Bonbon…

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:295

    Content type: Debate

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  22. In Africa, intensified pig production is frequently accompanied by increased occurrence of African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks, leading to high case fatality rates and socio-economic impact for the farmers. AS...

    Authors: Erika Chenais, Susanna Sternberg Lewerin, Sofia Boqvist, Karl Ståhl, Solomon Alike, Bruce Nokorach and Ulf Emanuelson

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:279

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Fowl adenoviruses (FAdVs) are associated with many diseases, resulting in huge economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. Since 2015, outbreaks of FAdV infections with high mortality rates have been re...

    Authors: Li Chen, Lijuan Yin, Qingfeng Zhou, Peng Peng, Yunping Du, Linlin Liu, Yun Zhang, Chunyi Xue and Yongchang Cao

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:271

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Dairy cattle movement could be a major risk factor for the spread of bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in emerging dairy belts of Ethiopia. Dairy cattle may be moved between farms over long distances, and hence unders...

    Authors: Getnet Abie Mekonnen, Gobena Ameni, James L. N. Wood, Stefan Berg and Andrew J. K. Conlan

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:262

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  25. In Southeast Asian countries, including Myanmar, poultry farming is a major industry. In order to manage and maintain stable productivity, it is important to establish policies for biosecurity. Infectious resp...

    Authors: Sotaro Fujisawa, Shiro Murata, Masaki Takehara, Ken Katakura, Myint Myint Hmoon, Shwe Yee Win and Kazuhiko Ohashi

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:261

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  26. The transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) between humans and animals has been identified in a number of countries. In this study, MRSA in urban rodents and shrews in a community was i...

    Authors: Jing Ge, Xue-shan Zhong, Yi-quan Xiong, Min Qiu, Shu-ting Huo, Xue-jiao Chen, Yun Mo, Ming-ji Cheng and Qing Chen

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:260

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  27. Bluetongue is a vector-borne viral disease, and bluetongue virus (BTV) outbreaks can cause substantial economic losses. Even subclinical infection may carry significant associated costs, including a loss of co...

    Authors: Jeong-Min Hwang, Jae Geun Kim and Jung-Yong Yeh

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:255

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  28. Transmission of Mycoplasma (M.) suis mainly occurs via iatrogenic or zootechnical manipulations or due to ranking fights. Other transmission routes including ingestion of secretes/excretes; blood-sucking arthropo...

    Authors: Julia Stadler, Stephan Willi, Mathias Ritzmann, Matthias Eddicks, Julia Ade, Katharina Hoelzle and Ludwig E. Hoelzle

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:252

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  29. Porcine circovirus type 3 (PCV3) was first reported in US in 2016. The virus was also identified later in China. Prevalence of PCV3 in Zhejiang province in southeastern China is not clear though it has been re...

    Authors: Shichao Geng, Hao Luo, Yajie Liu, Cong Chen, Weicheng Xu, Yunlu Chen, Xiaoliang Li and Weihuan Fang

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:244

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Monitoring systems are essential to detect if the number of cases of a specific disease is rising. Data collected as part of voluntary disease monitoring programs is particularly useful to evaluate if control ...

    Authors: Ana Carolina Lopes Antunes and Dan Jensen

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:231

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  31. Listeria monocytogenes is a ubiquitous Gram-positive bacterium responsible for a severe foodborne disease in humans, and contaminated dairy products can be an important source of infection. Typically, infected da...

    Authors: Maria Filippa Addis, Tiziana Cubeddu, Ylenia Pilicchi, Stefano Rocca and Renata Piccinini

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:229

    Content type: Case Report

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  32. Inappropriate antimicrobial use (AMU) is a key modifiable factor that leads to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The objectives of this study were to determine the following among Tennessee be...

    Authors: John E. Ekakoro, Marc Caldwell, Elizabeth B. Strand, Lew Strickland and Chika C. Okafor

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:222

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Although the poultry sector accounts for a major portion of global antimicrobial consumption, few studies have explored the factors which influence antimicrobial use (AMU) in poultry farms in Europe. We perfor...

    Authors: Cécile J. M. Adam, Nicolas Fortané, Alexandra Coviglio, Léa Delesalle, Christian Ducrot and Mathilde C. Paul

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:219

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  34. Antimicrobial use (AMU) in livestock is a debated topic, mainly due to the risk of associated development of antimicrobial resistance. There is focus on reducing AMU in the Danish pig production, which account...

    Authors: Amanda Brinch Kruse, Charlotte Sonne Kristensen, Ulrik Lavlund and Helle Stege

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:218

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  35. Multi-drug resistant bacteria are seen increasingly and there are gaps in our understanding of the complexity of antimicrobial resistance, partially due to a lack of appropriate statistical tools. This hampers...

    Authors: Sonja Hartnack, Terence Odoch, Gilles Kratzer, Reinhard Furrer, Yngvild Wasteson, Trine M. L’Abée-Lund and Eystein Skjerve

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:212

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  36. Infectious diseases are an important role obstacle to high productivity in Ugandan cattle production. General disease prevention is particularly important in low-income countries, where veterinary services and...

    Authors: Cecilia Wolff, Salvatory Abigaba and Susanna Sternberg Lewerin

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:208

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Antimicrobials are used by poultry farmers in Vietnam as a tool to treat and prevent infectious diseases. We aimed to determine the fraction of disease episodes likely to remain untreated due to the administra...

    Authors: Marc Choisy, Nguyen Van Cuong, Truong Dinh Bao, Bach Tuan Kiet, Bo Ve Hien, Ho Viet Thu, Niwat Chansiripornchai, Erry Setyawan, Guy Thwaites, Jonathan Rushton and Juan Carrique-Mas

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:206

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  38. Poultry farming is widely practiced by rural households in Vietnam and the vast majority of domestic birds are kept on small household farms. However, smallholder poultry production is constrained by several i...

    Authors: Alexis Delabouglise, Benjamin Nguyen-Van-Yen, Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, Huynh Thi Ai Xuyen, Phung Ngoc Tuyet, Ha Minh Lam and Maciej F. Boni

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:205

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  39. Porcine circovirus 3 (PCV3) is an emerging etiological agent to the swine industry. However, its circulating status and genetic characteristics were still unclear in Henan, central China. Here, 318 porcine ora...

    Authors: Zhenhua Guo, Xiang Li, Ruiguang Deng and Gaiping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:200

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  40. Paratuberculosis, a chronic disease affecting ruminant livestock, is caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP). It has direct and indirect economic costs, impacts animal welfare and arouses publ...

    Authors: Richard Whittington, Karsten Donat, Maarten F. Weber, David Kelton, Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Suzanne Eisenberg, Norma Arrigoni, Ramon Juste, Jose Luis Sáez, Navneet Dhand, Annalisa Santi, Anita Michel, Herman Barkema, Petr Kralik, Polychronis Kostoulas, Lorna Citer…

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:198

    Content type: Review

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  41. Determining the infectious cause of abortion in cattle is difficult. This case-control study was set up to investigate the infectious causes of abortion by determining the seroprevalence of three reproductive ...

    Authors: Darwin Changoluisa, Ismar A. Rivera-Olivero, Gustavo Echeverria, Miguel Angel Garcia-Bereguiain and Jacobus H. de Waard

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:194

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  42. Measuring the size of free roaming dog populations quickly and accurately is critical in the implementation of numerous preventive health and population control interventions. However, few studies have investi...

    Authors: N. V. Meunier, A. D. Gibson, J. Corfmat, S. Mazeri, I. G. Handel, L. Gamble, B Mde C Bronsvoort and R. J. Mellanby

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:190

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  43. Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) causes enzootic bovine leukosis in cattle and leads to heavy economic losses in the husbandry industry. Heilongjiang Province, China, is rich in dairy cattle. However, its current B...

    Authors: Changqing Yu, Xuefeng Wang, Yulong Zhou, Yu Wang, Xianfeng Zhang and Yonghui Zheng

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:179

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  44. Porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome virus (PRRSV) is one of the most economically significant pathogens in the Chinese swine industry. ORF5 and nsp2 are highly variable regions of the PRRSV genome. T...

    Authors: Shaofeng Hong, Ying Wei, Siyuan Lin, Jiabing Huang, Wei He, Jing Yao, Ying Chen, Ouyang Kang, Weijian Huang and Zuzhang Wei

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:171

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Evidence-based comparison of the disorder-specific welfare burdens of major canine conditions could better inform targeting of stakeholder resources, to maximise improvement of health-related welfare in UK dog...

    Authors: Jennifer F. Summers, Dan G. O’Neill, David Church, Lisa Collins, David Sargan and David C. Brodbelt

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:163

    Content type: Research article

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  46. African swine fever (ASF) is a devastating infectious disease of pigs. ASF poses a potential threat to the world pig industry, due to the lack of vaccines and treatments. In this study, the Geographic Informat...

    Authors: Yi Lu, Xiaojun Deng, Jiahui Chen, Jianying Wang, Qin Chen and Bing Niu

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:160

    Content type: Research article

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  47. The objective of this study was to determine the sensitivity (Se) and specificity (Sp) of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) screening tests including a single intradermal tuberculin (SIT) test, interferon gamma (IFN-γ...

    Authors: Tawatchai Singhla, Sukolrat Boonyayatra, Songkhla Chulakasian, Mintra Lukkana, Julio Alvarez, Srinand Sreevatsan and Scott J. Wells

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:149

    Content type: Research article

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  48. Avian influenza (AI) is an infectious viral disease that affects several species and has zoonotic potential. Due to its associated health and economic repercussions, minimizing AI outbreaks is important. Howev...

    Authors: Amos Ssematimba, Kaitlyn M. St. Charles, Peter J. Bonney, Sasidhar Malladi, Marie Culhane, Timothy J. Goldsmith, David A. Halvorson and Carol J. Cardona

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:147

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  49. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is a major threat to the swine industry. It is caused by the PRRS virus (PRRSV). Determination and comparison of the nucleotide sequences of PRRSV strains p...

    Authors: Marie-Ève Lambert, Julie Arsenault, Benjamin Delisle, Pascal Audet, Zvonimir Poljak and Sylvie D’Allaire

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:135

    Content type: Research article

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