During 2013 a total of 147 queries have been managed in SESC. Of these, 23 were purely telematic and the remaining 124 requests corresponded to laboratory analysis of samples.

During 2013 33 entries have been published in this blog in Catalan, Spanish and English language. A total of 29,010 visits with a total of 63,869 page views have been recorded.

Below is a summary of the data from this year. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the cooperation and efforts of pathologists and animal health experts in CReSA, the SDPV, and the UAB Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as well as that of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPC) staff, especially the veterinary meat inspectors whose contributions make the success of this page possible.

Evolution of the number of queries arrived to SESC. The number of consultations was virtually unchanged compared to the previous two years, leveling off in the number of 150 consultations a year. There has been, though, a remarkable increase in the number of telematic consultations over the previous two years.

Evolution of the number of queries arrived to SESC. The number of consultations was mostly unchanged compared to the previous two years, leveling off in the number of 150 consultations a year. There has been, though, a remarkable increase in the number of telematic consultations over the previous two years.

Distribution by species of the queries arrived to SESC. The cattle sector, once again, is the onw which submits more samples, especially for diagnostic confirmation of zoonoses such as Tuberculosis and bovine cysticercosis. The pig sector is the one with the largest number of purely telematics queries. Most poultry samples were submitted to confirm Marek's disease.

Distribution by species of the queries arrived to SESC. The cattle sector, once again, is the one which submits more samples, especially for diagnostic confirmation of zoonoses such as Tuberculosis and bovine cysticercosis. The pig sector is the one with the largest number of purely telematic queries. Most poultry samples were submitted to confirm Marek’s disease.

Organs breakdown of the received queries. The category of multisystemic includes, for example, samples to confirm Marek's disease, the majority of muscle/myocardium samples were submitted to rule out cysticercosis.

Organs breakdown of the received queries. The Multisystemic category includes, for example, samples to confirm Marek’s disease, the majority of muscle/myocardium samples were submitted to rule out cysticercosis.

Distribution of the samples according to the diagnostic service. SDPV:  veterinary pathology diagnostic service. BSL3 biocontainment level unit 3 in CReSA. NBS2 CReSA conventional laboratories. The microbiology and parasitology laboratories are from the veterinary school at UAB. LVDMI: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for Infectious Diseases. The same query can generate different samples in the same service or different services.

Distribution of the samples according to the diagnostic service. SDPV: veterinary pathology diagnostic service. BSL3 biocontainment level unit 3 in CReSA. NBS2 CReSA conventional laboratories. The Veterinary bacteriology and mycology service (SVBM) and the parasitology laboratories are from the veterinary school at UAB. LVDMI: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for Infectious Diseases. The same query can generate different samples in the same service or different services.

Table 1: SUSPECTED CASES and DIAGNOSES

Initial suspect in quey

Number of queries

% Suspect confirmation

ALTERNATIVE DIAGNOSES

Marek’s disease

24

66%   (16/24)

Proventriculitis (2)

Squamous cell carcinoma (1)

Avian Pox (1)

Pustular ulcerative dermatitis (1)

Diagnosis not reached (3)

Tuberculosis

19

47.4%   (9/19)

Suppurative-granulomatous lesion (bacterial) (4)

Fungal granulomas (2)

Trueperella pyogenes (1)

Pseudotuberculosis (1)

Foreing body (1)

Mesothelioma (1)

Cysticercosis

18

50%   (9/18)

Eosinophilic myositis (4)

Epithelial cyst (2)

Other (3)

Parasitic diseases

(other than bovine cysticercosis)

18

61%    (11/18)

Cisticercus tenuicollis (7)

Cisticercus ovis (2)

Besnoitiasis (1)

Insect  bite dermatitis (1)

Bening hyperplasia (1)

Diagnosis not reached (4)

Technical non-diagnostic type queries (2)

Neoplasia

14

71.4%   (10/14)

Lymphoma (3)

Melanoma (2)

Lipoma/Liposarcoma (2)

Squamous cell carcinoma (1)

Fibropapiloma (1)

Osteocondromatosis (1)

Orf (1)

Granulomatous pneumonia (1)

Congenital liver cysts (1)

Diagnosis not reached (1)

OTHER

(n=53)

COMMENTS

Lesions ins skin and adnexa

13

Ringworm (2)

PDNS (1)

Scabies (1)

Papilomavirus (1)

Suppurative dermatitis (1)

Sialocele (1)

Traumatic-type lesions (1)

Unspecific haemorrhagic lesions (1)

Diagnosis not reached due to carcass scalding (4)

Others

40

Atrophic rhinitis (5)

Interstitial nephritis / pyelonephritis (4)

Fungal granuloma (2)

Suppurative osteomyelitis (T. pyogenes) (2)

Chronic fibrous peritonitis (2)

Jaundice (2)

Lymphoid neoplasia (2)

Fibrinous pericarditis (2)

Gout (1)

Cirrhosis (1)

Ischemic necrosis torsion (1)

Nephroblastoma (1)

Epidermoidal cyst (1)

Incorrect bleeding (1)

Benign spindle cells neoplasm (1)

Polycyistic kidney (1)

Eosinophilic myositis (1)

Fat necrosis (1)

Fibrinous abscessing pleuropneumonia (1)

Myocardial abscess (1)

Other (5)

Technical non-diagnostic type queries (2)