Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, September 14th, 2004
"In France, implementation of systematic screening programs in 2000, as a complement to the mandatory reporting of animals with clinical signs of BSE (passive surveillance), revealed certain limitations of the mandatory system.
"Indeed, systematic screening showed that some BSE cases were not detected by the clinical surveillance system, implying considerable BSE case underreporting throughout the epidemic.
"As the most likely explanation for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is exposure to the aetiologic agent of BSE, it is essential to reconstruct the...
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