Brucella canis: Introduction

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1. Introduction

Published 5 July 2023

Recent reports regarding the increase in detection of Brucella canis in dogs imported into the UK have highlighted the public health concerns regarding this disease and created a need for evidence to enable veterinary practices to provide advice to their clients, protect animal welfare and reduce the risk to their staff.

Brucella canis was first detected following an outbreak of abortion in a beagle colony in the United States in the 1960s. Since then, it has become widespread and has been reported in North, Central and South America, and parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. There have been recent reports of increasing case numbers in a number of countries, often associated with imported dogs.

The aim of this Spotlight feature will be to bring together recent published literature and links to other resources which will provide veterinary professionals with up-to-date evidence on which to base their clinical decisions and advice.

Brucella canis has now been made a reportable disease in the UK, therefore we have included links to advise from the UK government, but we have also included links to resources from other countries that may have useful experience to share in dealing with this disease.

As with our other collections, papers are chosen for relevance and accessibility, with the full text of articles either being available through the RCVS Knowledge Library or from other publications to which a significant number of veterinary professionals are likely to have access.

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