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Differential diagnostic investigation of negated notifiable disease report cases

The following information has been sent by Gareth Hateley, Veterinary Lead of the Cattle Expert Group Surveillance Intelligence Unit at APHA, and relates to the option of further differential diagnostic investigation of cases where notifiable disease has been reported to APHA and subsequently negated either on clinical grounds by the official APHA vet investigating or following official sampling and laboratory testing.

BCVA members will be aware that when you or your clients suspect notifiable disease it must be reported to APHA. Where notifiable disease is subsequently negated, you are invited to contact the APHA Species Expert Group for the relevant species and discuss with them the option of undertaking appropriate differential laboratory testing.

The aim of this engagement is to establish a diagnosis or reason for the disease which raised notifiable disease concern, and to assist you and your client and add to our understanding and knowledge of differentials for suspect notifiable disease. The type of testing undertaken will vary with the different circumstances and in different cases.

The official APHA vet dealing with the case may discuss this option with you or your client, but you are welcome to contact the Species Expert Group veterinary lead directly. This may include discussion of separate diagnostic submission(s) of samples for investigation if appropriate. APHA reports on any investigations undertaken will be made directly to you, as normal.

Gareth Hateley is keen to emphasise that the option of differential diagnostic investigation of negated notifiable disease report cases through APHA is voluntary. If you wish to progress an investigation or discuss an approach to an individual case or negated notifiable disease cases in general, please do not hesitate to contact the Species Expert Group veterinary lead.

You can email Gareth Hateley directly as the veterinary lead for the Cattle Expert Group, [email protected] or send a message to the Surveillance Intelligence Unit mailbox [email protected] and your message will be passed to the relevant Species Expert Group deputy veterinary lead.


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