By Dr. William Fortney
Best Practices for Brucella canis Prevention and Control in Dog Breeding Facilities, was produced by the USDA United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
This “best practices” document presents a compilation of knowledge garnered from currently available science, technology, population medicine, and biosecurity strategies surrounding the management options of Brucella canis infections.
The authors were a group of eight knowledgeable veterinarians who commonly manage cases and lecture on Canine Brucellosis including three faculty from the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Craig J. Mabray– Kennel Specialist, USDA/APHIS/AC, APHIS Center for Animal Welfare lead the project.
Canine Brucellosis topics include: Pathogenesis; Clinical Signs; Zoonotic Information; Population Medicine and Biosecurity Considerations; Cleaning and Disinfection; Various Diagnostic Testing; Kennel Screening; Positive Kennel Testing; Re-homing Considerations; Internet Resources; and References.
The authors recommend that laboratory standards be developed for all currently utilized and future diagnostic tests used to identify B. canis infection in dogs. They also recommend the implementation of quality control proficiency testing of the currently available tests to validate accuracy, consistency, sensitivity and specificity.
KSVDL Newsletter Canine Brucellosis References:
2011: January, March
2013: July, September
2014: January, March