Survey of laboratory findings in suspected cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Denmark from 1990 to 2000

J.S. Agerholm, C.L. Tegtmeier, T.K. Nielsen

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    Abstract

    A survey of the laboratory findings in suspected cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Denmark from I June 1990 to '31 December 2000 is presented. During this period BSE was a notifiable disease, and the heads of suspected cases were submitted according to the legislation on BSE. A total of 176 submissions were made, mostly from bovines with neurological disorders and mainly during the last 3 years of this period. Lesions or other laboratory findings consistent with severe neurological disorders were found in 115 cases. The most frequent diagnosis was encephalic 41 p listeriosis (35.8% of submissions) followed by other forms of inflammatory lesions. A wide range of lesions were diagnosed less prevalent. BSE was diagnosed twice. The first case occurred in an imported cow in 1992, while the second confirmed case was diagnosed in a native cow in February 2000. A marked increase in the number of submissions occurred following the detection of BSE in February 2000.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAPMIS
    Volume110
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)54-60
    ISSN0903-4641
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

    Keywords

    • BSE
    • neurological disorders
    • listeriosis
    • surveillance
    • cattle
    • bovine spongiform encephalopathy

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