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New paper: Bluetongue Disease Risk Assessment Based on Observed and Projected Culicoides obsoletus spp. Vector Densities

29 April 2013
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
Tags: members, cattle, bluetongue, risk assessment, vector

TAFS members Katharina Brugger and Franz Rubel have published a new paper entitled "Bluetongue Disease Risk Assessment Based on Observed and Projected Culicoides obsoletus spp. Vector Densities". Congratulations!

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First case of BSE in Brazil may be atypical

09 December 2012
Technical news (commented)
Tags: TSE, cattle, Brazil

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is reporting the first case of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Brazil and says that it "may be atypical". The affected animal was a beef breeding cow of almost 13 years of age at the time of death (December 2010).

Brazil is still recognized by the OIE as having a negligible BSE risk in accordance with Chapter 11.5. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

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Fourth case of BSE found in USA

25 April 2012
Technical news (uncommented clippings)
BSE in USA
Tags: TSE, cattle, USA

USDA announced the identification of the fourth case of BSE in the USA. The cow was found dead on a dairy farm in central California and tested for BSE before the carcass would be released for rendering. Initial test results were inconclusive, but retesting by USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, using immunohistochemistry and western blots confirmed atypical BSE.

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