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Brucella canis scientific information document released by BSAVA

Following the increased importation of dogs into the UK, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association has released a new scientific information document on Brucella canis

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In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of companion animals imported into the UK.

In some cases, little is known about the medical history of the animals and therefore, the risk of importing diseases which are not endemic in the UK is increasing.

Brucella canis is one such disease which not only affects animals but it also has zoonotic potential.

There have been an increasing number of dogs diagnosed with clinical or subclinical infection along with reports of its zoonotic impact.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has produced a Brucella canis scientific information document to provide relevant and easily accessible information to veterinary staff in small animal practice.

The document outlines key elements relating to B. canis including transmission, diagnosis, management, public health implications and legislative requirements.

It takes into consideration information available from relevant Government departments.

This document is by no means exhaustive, but is intended to provide useful information and signpost to further resources.

Access to the Brucella canis scientific information document is available in the BSAVA Library.

Previous related BSAVA news articles include this article.

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