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Investigations of the potential risk factors associated with cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Bavaria, Germany
  1. M. Clauss, MSC, DrMedVet1,
  2. C. Sauter-Louis, DrMedVet, PhD2,
  3. E. Chaher2,
  4. C. Pottgiesser, MPH, DrHumBiol3,
  5. S. Goebel, DrMedVet3,
  6. T. Selhorst, DrAgr, DrAgrHabil3,
  7. H-E. Wichmann, Drrernat, DrMed, DrMedHabil4,
  8. W. Klee, DrMedVet, DrMedVetHabil2 and
  9. E. Kienzle, DrMedVet, DrMedVetHabil1
  1. 1Institute of Animal Physiology, Physiological Chemistry and Animal Nutrition, Schönleutnerstrasse 8, 85764 Oberschleissheim, Germany
  2. 2Clinic for Ruminants, Sonnenstrasse 16, 85764 Oberschleissheim, Germany
  3. 3Institute of Epidemiology, Friedrich-Löffler Institute, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Seestrasse 55, 16868 Wusterhausen, Germany
  4. 4Institute of Epidemiology, GSF, Ingolstädter Landstrasse 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany


In order to identify the management and feeding practices that might have contributed to the occurrence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Bavaria, Germany, information from 110 dairy farms on which a case of BSE had been reported was compared with information derived from a questionnaire sent to approximately 10,000 Bavarian farms on which no case of BSE had been reported up to February 2003. Representative information was obtained from 4006 dairy farms. The results indicated that in comparison with these control farms a higher proportion of the BSE farms had also kept pigs or poultry, although the difference was not significant, and that a significantly higher proportion of the BSE farms had fed proprietary concentrates and/or milk replacers to their calves.

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  • Dr Clauss’s present address is Division of Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 260, 8057, Zurich, Switzerland

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