Latest publication on Brucella canis by IDEMBRU project

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Q. Are you interested in the emergence of Brucella canis as a public health threat in Europe?

A scientific paper by OHEJP IDEMBRU published in Emerging Microbes and Infections journal explains more about this zoonotic disease.

The zoonotic bacteria Brucella canis is becoming the primary cause of canine brucellosis in Europe. Infections in dogs can be transmitted to humans, causing severe disease. This review highlights the following information:

  • B. canis has been detected in dogs in almost all European countries, which increased human exposure.
  • Canine and human host B. canis interactions are poorly understood, with many knowledge gaps.
  • There is relatively poor sensitivity and specificity of existing diagnostic tools.
  • There is currently no vaccine available, and antibiotic treatment has issues.
  • European countries have no systematic surveillance systems nor legal framework to address this emerging disease.

This study provides two scenarios to demonstrate limitations in proposing guidelines to address the emergence and the disease spread.

Congratulations to all co-authors: Djokic, V., Freddi, L., de Massis, F., Lahti, E., Esker, M. V. D., Whatmore, A., Haughey, A., Ferreira, A. C., Garofolo, G., Melzer, F., Sacchini, F., Koets, A., Wyllie, S., Fontbonne, A., Girault, G., Vicente, A. F., McGiven, J., & Ponsart, C. (2023). The emergence of Brucella canis as a public health threat in Europe: what we know and need to learn. Emerging Microbes and Infections. 2249126. Advance online publication.

Read this research article here.

Find out more about IDEMBRU project on our website, as led by Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire – Anses.



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