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Epidemiology, public health and modelling

Section edited by Laura Rinaldi and Michael Tildesley University of Warwick, UK

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. Content type: Research article

    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

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  2. Content type: Research article

    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

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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

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  5. Content type: Research article

    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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) of bacterial pathogens is an emerging public health threat. This threat extends to pets as it also compromises our ability to treat their infections. Surveillance programs in the...

    Authors: Olgica Ceric, Gregory H. Tyson, Laura B. Goodman, Patrick K. Mitchell, Yan Zhang, Melanie Prarat, Jing Cui, Laura Peak, Joy Scaria, Linto Antony, Milton Thomas, Sarah M. Nemser, Renee Anderson, Anil J. Thachil, Rebecca J. Franklin-Guild, Durda Slavic…

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:130

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Toxoplasma gondii, an intracellular zoonotic parasite, infects all mammalian and birds. Understanding the prevalence of Toxoplasma in bird is important for evaluating the transmission of this parasite. No informa...

    Authors: Si-Yang Huang, Yi-Min Fan, Kai Chen, Qiu-Xia Yao and Bin Yang

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:129

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Bovine digital dermatitis (BDD) is considered the most important infectious cause of lameness in dairy cattle worldwide, but has only recently been observed in New Zealand. Although many studies have investiga...

    Authors: Dan Aaron Yang, M. Carolyn Gates, Kristina R. Müller and Richard A. Laven

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:125

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Porcine circovirus 2-associated disease (PCVAD) is acknowledged as one of the most economically important diseases for the swine industry worldwide. The aim of this study was to characterize and determine the ...

    Authors: Jing Yao, Yanran Qin, Yue Zeng, Kang Ouyang, Ying Chen, Weijian Huang and Zuzhang Wei

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:118

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  11. Content type: Methodology article

    Bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) is a common pathogen causing respiratory disease in cattle and a significant contributor to the bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex. BRSV is widely distributed ar...

    Authors: Zhankui Liu, Jianyou Li, Zeyu Liu, Jiawei Li, Zhijie Li, Chao Wang, Jianke Wang and Li Guo

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:110

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  12. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to examine the prevalence, serovars, and antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella isolates from broiler chickens in Kagoshima, Japan. A total of 192 flocks and 3071 samples were collected from broi...

    Authors: Vu Minh Duc, Yuko Nakamoto, Ayaka Fujiwara, Hajime Toyofuku, Takeshi Obi and Takehisa Chuma

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:108

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is a major emerging virus of porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD), which has brought huge economic losses to the global pig industry. Pigs are well known as the natura...

    Authors: Tao Song, Jianxiang Hao, Ran Zhang, Menghu Tang, Wenao Li, Weirong Hui, Qiyuan Fu, Chunfang Wang, Shuyang Xin, Shoucong Zhang, Ping Rui, Hai Ren and Zengjun Ma

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:107

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) is a severe, highly infectious and fatal viral disease of small ruminants. Four lineages of PPR virus have been identified globally based on sequence analysis of the nucleoprot...

    Authors: Biruk Alemu, Getachew Gari, Geneviève Libeau, Olivier Kwiatek, Menbere Kidane, Rediet Belayneh, Bewuket Siraw, Barbara Wieland, Wondwoson Asfaw and Reta D. Abdi

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:84

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Bovine brucellosis is a zoonotic disease that causes substantial economic losses and has a strong impact on public health. The main objective of this paper is to determine the risk factors for new infections of B...

    Authors: Liliana Cárdenas, Mario Peña, Oscar Melo and Jordi Casal

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:81

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Thailand’s Central Plain is identified as a contact zone between pigs and flying foxes, representing a potential zoonotic risk. Nipah virus (NiV) has been reported in flying foxes in Thailand, but it has never...

    Authors: Weerapong Thanapongtharm, Mathilde C. Paul, Anuwat Wiratsudakul, Vilaiporn Wongphruksasoong, Wantanee Kalpravidh, Kachen Wongsathapornchai, Sudarat Damrongwatanapokin, Daniel Schar and Marius Gilbert

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:73

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Serum antibody detection has potential as a complementary diagnostic tool in animal tuberculosis (TB) control, particularly in multi-host systems. The objective of the present study was to assess the specifici...

    Authors: J. A. Infantes-Lorenzo, I. Moreno, A. Roy, M. A. Risalde, A. Balseiro, L. de Juan, B. Romero, J. Bezos, E. Puentes, J. Åkerstedt, G. T. Tessema, C. Gortázar, L. Domínguez and M. Domínguez

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:70

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Influenza A virus (IAV) is an important pathogen in pigs that affects productivity and has important public health implications because of its zoonotic nature. Surveillance is central to the control of influen...

    Authors: Jorge Garrido-Mantilla, Julio Alvarez, Marie Culhane, Jayaveeramuthu Nirmala, Jean Paul Cano and Montserrat Torremorell

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:61

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Equine laminitis is a complex disease that manifests as pain and lameness in the feet, often with debilitating consequences. There is a paucity of data that accounts for the multifactorial nature of laminitis ...

    Authors: D. Pollard, C. E. Wylie, K. L. P. Verheyen and J. R. Newton

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:59

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is one of the greatest disease threats to animal husbandry worldwide. Though various vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) have been developed, vaccine effectiveness...

    Authors: Rui Zhao, Xiangyu Meng, Guiyan Jia, Yongzhong Yu and Bocui Song

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:38

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  21. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of antimicrobial resistance in both animals and humans, which has triggered concerns over non-judicious antimicrobial use. In the United States, antimicro...

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

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:16

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Urban rodents and house shrews are closely correlated in terms of location with humans and can transmit many pathogens to them. Hepatitis E has been confirmed to be a zoonotic disease. However, the zoonotic po...

    Authors: Wenqiao He, Yuqi Wen, Yiquan Xiong, Minyi Zhang, Mingji Cheng and Qing Chen

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:414

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Antimicrobials and anthelmintics are the most commonly used veterinary drugs to control animal diseases. However, widespread use of these drugs could contribute to the emergence of drug resistance. Information...

    Authors: Takele Beyene Tufa, Feraol Gurmu, Ashenafi Feyisa Beyi, Henk Hogeveen, Tariku Jibat Beyene, Dinka Ayana, Fanos Tadesse Woldemariyam, Eyerusalem Hailemariam, Fanta Desissa Gutema and J. A. Stegeman

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:409

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Bovine brucellosis is considered as an important disease among livestock and people in sub-Saharan African countries including Ethiopia. A cross-sectional study was conducted from November 2016 to May 2017 to ...

    Authors: Bedaso Mammo Edao, Gizachew Hailegebreal, Stefan Berg, Aboma Zewude, Yemiserach Zeleke, Teshale Sori, Gizat Almaw, Adrian M. Whatmore, Gobena Ameni and James L. N. Wood

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:396

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Brucellosis remains one of the most common zoonotic diseases globally, with more than half million human cases reported annually. Brucellosis is an emerging and re-emerging disease in China since the 1990s. An...

    Authors: Xuhua Ran, Xiaohong Chen, Miaomiao Wang, Jiajia Cheng, Hongbo Ni, Xiao-Xuan Zhang and Xiaobo Wen

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:393

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:18

  26. Content type: Research article

    New epidemiological data on bacterial and parasitic infections in 24 Italian wall lizards, namely Podarcis sicula (mainland population) and P. sicula klemmerii (insular population) in southern Italy were provided...

    Authors: Ludovico Dipineto, Pasquale Raia, Lorena Varriale, Luca Borrelli, Vittorio Botta, Carmela Serio, Michele Capasso and Laura Rinaldi

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:392

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  27. Content type: Methodology article

    Sensitivity analysis is an essential step in mathematical modeling because it identifies parameters with a strong influence on model output, due to natural variation or uncertainty in the parameter values. Rec...

    Authors: Casey L. Cazer, Victoriya V. Volkova and Yrjö T. Gröhn

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:355

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  28. Content type: Research article

    This was a panel study of the prevalence of C. burnetii infection in does in an endemic dairy goat enterprise in Victoria, Australia. Our first objective was to determine the prevalence of does shedding C. burnet...

    Authors: José T. Canevari, Simon M. Firestone, Gemma Vincent, Angus Campbell, Tabita Tan, Michael Muleme, Alexander W. N. Cameron and Mark A. Stevenson

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:353

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Asian Openbills, Anastomus oscitans, have long been known to migrate from South to Southeast Asia for breeding and nesting. In Thailand, the first outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) infecti...

    Authors: Parntep Ratanakorn, Sarin Suwanpakdee, Witthawat Wiriyarat, Krairat Eiamampai, Kridsada Chaichoune, Anuwat Wiratsudakul, Ladawan Sariya and Pilaipan Puthavathana

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:349

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  30. Content type: Research article

    More information on brucellosis epidemiology in Bactrian camels is needed due to their growing economic and livelihood importance for herders and renewed efforts in Mongolia to eliminate brucellosis through ma...

    Authors: Chimedtseren Bayasgalan, Tungalag Chultemdorj, Felix Roth, Jakob Zinsstag, Jan Hattendorf, Battsetseg Badmaa, Bayanzul Argamjav and Esther Schelling

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:342

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  31. Content type: Research article

    India has the largest Buffalo population in the world, with every household in rural India owning buffaloes depending upon daily milk requirement – dairy farmers can own between 10 to 70 buffaloes. The health ...

    Authors: Nimita Kant, Parul Kulshreshtha, Rashmi Singh, Anuradha Mal, Amita Dwivedi, Riya Ahuja, Rinkle Mehra, Mohit Tehlan, Paritosh Ahmed, Shilpa Kaushik, Shipra, Shashikant Kumar, Aas Mohammad, Shrikrishn Shukla, Damini Singh and Rakesh Bhatnagar

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:329

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for large numbers of hospital-related and community-acquired infections. In this study, we investigated the presence of S. aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) in...

    Authors: M. M. Rahman, K. B. Amin, S. M. M. Rahman, A. Khair, M. Rahman, A. Hossain, A. K. M. A. Rahman, M. S. Parvez, N. Miura and M. M. Alam

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:300

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  33. Content type: Research article

    A rising isolation trend of drug-resistant M. bovis from human clinical cases is documented in the literature. Here we assessed Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex isolates from cattle for drug susceptibility by t...

    Authors: Saif Eddine Djemal, Cristina Camperio, Federica Armas, Mariam Siala, Salma Smaoui, Feriele Messadi-Akrout, Radhouane Gdoura and Cinzia Marianelli

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:296

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  34. Content type: Case Report

    Tuberculosis is widely known as a progressive disease that affects endothermic animals, leading to death and/or economical losses, while mycobacterial infections in amphibians are commonly due to nontuberculou...

    Authors: Cassia Yumi Ikuta, Laura Reisfeld, Bruna Silvatti, Fernanda Auciello Salvagni, Catia Dejuste de Paula, Allan Patrick Pessier, José Luiz Catão-Dias and José Soares Ferreira Neto

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:289

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  35. Content type: Research article

    During last decade Lampedusa island (Italy) has been interested by a deep social change caused by the massive arrival of migrants from north Africa. The goal of this study was to evaluate current CanL burden a...

    Authors: Valentina Foglia Manzillo, Manuela Gizzarelli, Fabrizio Vitale, Serena Montagnaro, Alessandra Torina, Salvo Sotera and Gaetano Oliva

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:286

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Rabies is a major zoonotic disease affecting humans, domestic and wildlife mammals. Cattle are the most important domestic animals impacted by rabies virus in the New World, leading to thousands of cattle deat...

    Authors: Sabine E. Hutter, Annemarie Käsbohrer, Silvia Lucia Fallas González, Bernal León, Katharina Brugger, Mario Baldi, L. Mario Romero, Yan Gao and Luis Fernando Chaves

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:285

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The role of bats as reservoirs of zoonotic agents, especially pathogenic bacteria such as Bartonella and Coxiella, has been discussed around the world. Recent studies have identified bats as potential hosts of...

    Authors: Michelle Santos Ferreira, Alexandro Guterres, Tatiana Rozental, Roberto Leonan Morim Novaes, Emmanuel Messias Vilar, Renata Carvalho de Oliveira, Jorlan Fernandes, Danielle Forneas, Adonai Alvino Junior, Martha Lima Brandão, José Luis Passos Cordeiro, Martín Roberto Del Valle Alvarez, Sergio Luiz Althoff, Ricardo Moratelli, Pedro Cordeiro-Estrela, Rui Cerqueira da Silva…

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:279

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a zoonotic disease of cattle caused by Mycobacterium bovis, widespread in England and Wales. It has high incidence towards the South West of England and Wales, with much lower inciden...

    Authors: Colin P. D. Birch, Ashley Goddard and Oliver Tearne

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:273

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Rift Valley fever (RVF) is classified as viral hemorrhagic fever and is endemic in East and West Africa. RVF is caused by an arthropod borne virus (RVFV); the disease is zoonotic and affects human, animal heal...

    Authors: Ngabo Herbert Budasha, Jean-Paul Gonzalez, Tesfaalem Tekleghiorghis Sebhatu and Ezama Arnold

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:271

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Timely diagnosis of influenza A virus infections is critical for outbreak control. Due to their rapidity and other logistical advantages, lateral flow immunoassays can support influenza A virus surveillance pr...

    Authors: Amos Ssematimba, Sasidhar Malladi, Peter J. Bonney, Cristian Flores-Figueroa, Jeannette Muñoz-Aguayo, David A. Halvorson and Carol J. Cardona

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:265

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Inexpensive and convenient diagnostic tests for use in clinical work and for the surveillance of infection with Mycoplasma bovis are in demand. The objective of this longitudinal field study was to gain knowledge...

    Authors: Mette Bisgaard Petersen, Nadeeka K. Wawegama, Matthew Denwood, Philip F. Markham, Glenn F. Browning and Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:258

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Salmonella is a major zoonotic food-borne pathogen that persists on poultry farms, and animals undergo reinfection with endemic strains. The present study aimed to investigate the characteristics and disseminatio...

    Authors: Ke Shang, Bai Wei and Min Kang

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:257

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is an acute viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals with high economic impact. FMD remains endemic in Iran particularly in the livestock-dense province of Khorasan Razavi in northea...

    Authors: Kayhan Ilbeigi, Saied Bokaie, Sina Aghasharif, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhães and Mohamad Rashtibaf

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:253

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Candida spp. is the vital pathogen involved in mycotic mastitis of cows. However the epidemiology and infection of Candida species in mycotic mastitis of cow in Ningxia province of China has not been explored. In...

    Authors: Jun Du, Xiaoyu Wang, Huixia Luo, Yujiong Wang, Xiaoming Liu and Xuezhang Zhou

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:251

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Staphylococcus aureus is a contagious, opportunistic pathogen that causes clinical or subclinical mastitis in dairy cattle. The genetic background and antimicrobial resistance of isolates from Ethiopian dairy far...

    Authors: S. A. Mekonnen, T. J. G. M. Lam, J. Hoekstra, V. P. M. G. Rutten, T. S. Tessema, E. M. Broens, A. E. Riesebos, M. P. Spaninks and G. Koop

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:246

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Canine breeds may be considered good animal models for the study of genetic predisposition to cancer, as they represent genetic clusters. From epidemiologic and case collection studies it emerges that some bre...

    Authors: Stefano Comazzi, Stefano Marelli, Marzia Cozzi, Rita Rizzi, Riccardo Finotello, Joaquim Henriques, Josep Pastor, Frederique Ponce, Carla Rohrer-Bley, Barbara C. Rütgen and Erik Teske

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:232

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