Epidemiology, public health and modelling

Section edited by Laura Rinaldi and Hans-Hermann Thulke

The epidemiology and modelling section publishes research which deals with the investigation of disease. A particular focus is on the management of disease which is of key importance to the government and the produce industry in addition to the general community. This includes papers dealing with spread and/or transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, mathematical modelling, developing or applying new epidemiological methods based on a biological application. It also deals with descriptive epidemiological studies, meta-analyses and studies providing information of geographically limited interest.

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  1. Research article

    Prevalence of tuberculous lesion in cattle slaughtered in Mubende district, Uganda

    The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of gross pathology suggestive of bovine tuberculosis (TB-like lesions) and evaluate animal’s characteristics associated with the risk of having bovine TB-li...

    Daniel Pakasi Nalapa, Adrian Muwonge, Clovice Kankya and Francisco Olea-Popelka

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:73

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Difficulties experienced by veterinarians when communicating about emerging zoonotic risks with animal owners: the case of Hendra virus

    Communication skills are essential for veterinarians who need to discuss animal health related matters with their clients. When dealing with an emerging zoonosis, such as Hendra virus (HeV), veterinarians also...

    Diana H Mendez, Petra Büttner, Jenny Kelly, Madeleine Nowak and Rick Speare (posthumously)

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:56

    Published on: 18 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Harmonizing methods for wildlife abundance estimation and pathogen detection in Europe—a questionnaire survey on three selected host-pathogen combinations

    The need for wildlife health surveillance as part of disease control in wildlife, domestic animals and humans on the global level is widely recognized. However, the objectives, methods and intensity of existin...

    Jana Sonnenburg, Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis, Thijs Kuiken, Ezio Ferroglio, Rainer G. Ulrich, Franz J. Conraths, Christian Gortázar and Christoph Staubach

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:53

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Molecular characterization of Rhodococcus equi isolates from horses in Poland: pVapA characteristics and plasmid new variant, 85-kb type V

    Rhodococcus equi is one of the most significant bacterial pathogens affecting foals up to 6 months of age worldwide. Rhodococcosis is present in Poland however information about molecu...

    Lucjan Witkowski, Magdalena Rzewuska, Shinji Takai, Dorota Chrobak-Chmiel, Magdalena Kizerwetter-Świda, Małgorzata Feret, Marta Gawryś, Maciej Witkowski and Jerzy Kita

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:35

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Efficacy of a polyvalent mastitis vaccine against Staphylococcus aureus on a dairy Mediterranean buffalo farm: results of two clinical field trials

    In the last years the knowledges on Mediterranean Buffalo (MB) mastitis is remarkably improving, nevertheless the attention has been never focused on vaccination as preventive strategy for the control of masti...

    Jacopo Guccione, Antonella Pesce, Massimo Pascale, Caterina Salzano, Gianni Tedeschi, Luigi D’Andrea, Angela De Rosa and Paolo Ciaramella

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:29

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Rope-based oral fluid sampling for early detection of classical swine fever in domestic pigs at group level

    Non-invasive sampling techniques based on the analysis of oral fluid specimen have gained substantial importance in the field of swine herd management. Methodological advances have a focus on endemic viral dis...

    Klaas Dietze, Anna Tucakov, Tatjana Engel, Sabine Wirtz, Klaus Depner, Anja Globig, Robert Kammerer and Susan Mouchantat

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:5

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Understanding the early dynamics of the 2014 porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreak in Ontario using the incidence decay and exponential adjustment (IDEA) model

    The United States swine industry was first confronted with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in 2013. In young pigs, the virus is highly pathogenic and the associated morbidity and mortality has a signifi...

    Amy L. Greer, Kelsey Spence and Emma Gardner

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:8

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  8. Case Report

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections in cynomolgus monkey transplant recipients and institution of a screening program for the prevention and control of tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis is a major health concern in not only humans, but also in non-human primates. In this paper, we report recent cases of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in cynomolgus monkeys from Cambodia used in transplan...

    Eun Wha Choi, Kyo Won Lee, Tae Min Kim, Hyojun Park, Mi Ri Jeon, Chan Woo Cho, Jae Berm Park and Sungjoo Kim

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:289

    Published on: 20 December 2016

  9. Research article

    Bovine mastitis: prevalence, risk factors and isolation of Staphylococcus aureus in dairy herds at Hawassa milk shed, South Ethiopia

    Mastitis is a disease of major economic importance in dairy industry worldwide. It is of particular concern in developing countries like Ethiopia, where milk and milk products are scarce. The objectives of the...

    Rahmeto Abebe, Hagere Hatiya, Mesele Abera, Bekele Megersa and Kassahun Asmare

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:270

    Published on: 3 December 2016

  10. Research article

    Seroprevalence of avian hepatitis E virus and avian leucosis virus subgroup J in chicken flocks with hepatitis syndrome, China

    From 2014 to 2015 in China, many broiler breeder and layer hen flocks exhibited a decrease in egg production and some chickens developed hepatitis syndrome including hepatomegaly, hepatic necrosis and hemorrha...

    Yani Sun, Taofeng Du, Baoyuan Liu, Shahid Faraz Syed, Yiyang Chen, Huixia Li, Xinjie Wang, Gaiping Zhang, En-Min Zhou and Qin Zhao

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:261

    Published on: 22 November 2016

  11. Methodology article

    A method for extracting electronic patient record data from practice management software systems used in veterinary practice

    Data extracted from electronic patient records (EPRs) within practice management software systems are increasingly used in veterinary research. The use of real patient data gives the potential to generate rese...

    Julie S. Jones-Diette, Marnie L. Brennan, Malcolm Cobb, Hannah Doit and Rachel S. Dean

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:239

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  12. Research article

    Epidemiological and pathological study of feline morbillivirus infection in domestic cats in Japan

    Feline morbillivirus (FmoPV) is a novel paramyxovirus found to infect domestic cats. FmoPV has been isolated in several countries in Asia and Europe and is considered to have genetic diversity. Also, it is sus...

    Eun-Sil Park, Michio Suzuki, Masanobu Kimura, Hiroshi Mizutani, Ryuichi Saito, Nami Kubota, Youko Hasuike, Jungo Okajima, Hidemi Kasai, Yuko Sato, Noriko Nakajima, Keiji Maruyama, Koichi Imaoka and Shigeru Morikawa

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:228

    Published on: 11 October 2016

  13. Research article

    Potential use of mobile phones in improving animal health service delivery in underserved rural areas: experience from Kilosa and Gairo districts in Tanzania

    Sub-optimal performance of the animal health delivery system in rural areas is common in developing countries including Tanzania. However, penetration of mobile phones and availability of good road network and...

    Esron D. Karimuribo, Emmanuel K. Batamuzi, Lucas B. Massawe, Richard S. Silayo, Frederick O. K. Mgongo, Elikira Kimbita and Raphael M. Wambura

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:219

    Published on: 7 October 2016

  14. Research article

    Incidence of bovine neonatal pancytopenia in 243 farms in Germany

    Several research groups from different European countries have worked on the aetiopathogenesis of bovine neonatal pancytopenia (BNP) and an association between the use of the vaccine PregSure BVD (Pfizer, Germ...

    Frederike Reichmann, Annette Pfitzner, Guenter Rademacher, Elke Schwedinger, Klaus Cussler and Carola M. Sauter-Louis

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:220

    Published on: 7 October 2016

  15. Research article

    High genetic diversity among extraintestinal Escherichia coli isolates in pullets and layers revealed by a longitudinal study

    Various information about the genetic diversity of Escherichia coli isolates from chickens are available but a detailed epidemiological investigation based upon isolates obtained from interrelated pullet and laye...

    Surya Paudel, Beatrix Stessl, Claudia Hess, Angelika Zloch and Michael Hess

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:221

    Published on: 7 October 2016

  16. Research article

    Evaluation of fecal culture and fecal RT-PCR to detect Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis fecal shedding in dairy goats and dairy sheep using latent class Bayesian modeling

    The study’s objective was to evaluate the ability of fecal culture (FCUL) and fecal PCR (FPCR) to identify dairy goat and dairy sheep shedding Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis. A cross-sectional study of...

    Cathy A. Bauman, Andria Jones-Bitton, Jocelyn Jansen, David Kelton and Paula Menzies

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:212

    Published on: 20 September 2016

  17. Research article

    Evidence of scrapie transmission to sheep via goat milk

    Previous studies confirmed that classical scrapie can be transmitted via milk in sheep. The current study aimed to investigate whether scrapie can also be transmitted via goat milk using in vivo (new-born lamb...

    Timm Konold, Leigh Thorne, Hugh A. Simmons, Steve A. C. Hawkins, Marion M. Simmons and Lorenzo González

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:208

    Published on: 17 September 2016

  18. Research article

    Emergence of Brucella suis in dogs in New South Wales, Australia: clinical findings and implications for zoonotic transmission

    Animal reservoirs of brucellosis constitute an ongoing threat to human health globally, with foodborne, occupational and recreational exposures creating opportunities for transmission. In Australia and the Uni...

    Siobhan M. Mor, Anke K. Wiethoelter, Amanda Lee, Barbara Moloney, Daniel R. James and Richard Malik

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:199

    Published on: 9 September 2016

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