During 2018 SESC has managed a total of 121 queries. Of these, 13 were solely telematic and the remaining 108 requests corresponded included samples for laboratorial analysis.

During 2018, 23 posts have been published in this blog in Catalan, Spanish and English. Of these, 9 corresponded to diagnostic challenges. We had a total of 104,898 visits, more than double the previous year!

Here is a summary of this year’s data. We’d like, once again, to thank the collaboration and effort of the pathologists and animal health experts from IRTA-CReSA, the SDPV and the Veterinary School of the UAB as well as the staff of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia ( ASPCAT), especially to the official veterinary inspectors who with their contributions make possible the success of this page and this service.

Evolution of the number of inquiries received at the SESC. The number has recovered slightly with respect to previous years.

Distribution by species of the queries received at the SESC. The bovine sector, one more year, is the one that provides the most samples, especially for the confirmation of the diagnosis of zoonoses such as tuberculosis and bovine cysticercosis. In the hunting category, the two samples correspond to boar lesions. As in previous years queries from poultry, rabbit and horse slaughterhouses are minimal.

Distribution of the origin of the visits in the SESC blog.

 

Table 1: Summary of suspicions of mandatory reporting diseases and zoonoses of veterinarians who sent samples and other processes that have been diagnosed.

SUSPECTED CASES and DIAGNOSES
SUSPECTED CASES Nº of inquiries % suspect confirmation DIAGNOSES
Tuberculosis* 33 42.4%   (14/33) Tuberculosis (14)**

Caseous lymphadenitis (C.pseudotuberculosis) (6)

Bacterial pyogranulomatous lymphadenitis (4)

Bacterial pneumonia (3)

Granulomatous fungal lymphadenitis (1)

Granulomatous parasitic lymphadenitis (1)

Mycobacterium kansasii (TB compatible lesions) (1)

Fat necrosis (1)

Carcinoma (1)

Other (1)

Cysticercosis 18   44.4% (6/18) Bovine cysticercosis (6)

Eosinophilic myositis (4)

Vascular hamartoma (3)

Peripheral nerve sheath tumour (2)

Focal vascular dysplasia (1)

Quiste valvular (1)

Piogranuloma bacteriano (1)

ASF/CSF*** 3 0% (0/3) Nonspecific hemorrhagic diathesis (2)

Renal dysplasia (1)

* This classification includes samples received in which, although the inspector did not suspect TBC, the lesion was considered macroscopically compatible.

** TBC diagnoses correspond to cattle (n = 9, of which 5 were not confirmed by PCR/culture but had compatible lesions), goats (n = 3) and wild boar (n = 2).

*** All cases corresponded to isolated animals with hemorrhagic diathesis lesions compatible with ASF/CSF but that did not elicit a serious suspicion, the infection was discarded by means of molecular diagnosis (PCR) and histopathological study.

Table 2: Summary of inquiries and diagnoses
Category N DIAGNOSES
Infectious 32 Tuberculosis (14)

Caseous lymphadenitis (C.pseudotuberculosis) (6)

Bacterial pneumonia (Actinomyces spp., T.pyogenes + Streptococcus ß-hemolytic, A.pleuropneumoniae) (3)

Atrophic rhinitis (P.multocida) (2)

Trueperella pyogenes (1)

Testicular abscess (T.pyogenes) (1)

Mycobacterium kansasii (TB compatible lesions) (1)

Lymphadenitis due to Rhodococcus equii (1)

Actinomicosis (wooden tongue) (1)

Bacterial liver abscess (Enterococcus spp., Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. Equisimilis, Enterobacter spp. ) (1)

Bacterial cranial lesion (C.perfingens i A.caviae) (1)

Neoplasia 15 Peripheral nerve sheath tumour (4)

Lymphoma (3)

Sporadic bovine juvenile lymphoma (1)

Melanocytoma (1)

Subcutaneous Lipoma (1)

Carcinoma (1)

Oviductal adenocarcinoma (1)

Melanoma (1)

Other (2)

Parasites 12 Bovine cysticercosis (6)

Hydatidosis (E.granulosus senso lato) (2)

Encephalitozoon cuniculi (1)

Psoroptes spp. (1)

Ascaris suum (1)

Besnoitia spp. (1)

Granulomatous parasitic lymphadenitis (1)

Inflammatory 26 Eosinophilic myositis (5)

Bacterial pyogranulomatous lymphadenitis (5)

Bacterial pneumonia (abscessing) (3)

PDNS (2)

Embolic nephritis (2)

Fibrosing lesions (skin and/or subcutaneous tissue) (2)

Perivascular nonspecific dermatitis (1)

Granulomatous necrotizing splenitis (1)

Intersticial nephritis (1)

Bacterial chronic pericarditis (1)

Fibrinosuppurative periorchitis (1)

Septicemia (1)

Fungal 2 Fungal lymphadenitis (1)

Dermatophytosis (1)

Other 30 No lesions (6)

Serous/lymphatic cyst (3)

Vascular  hamartoma (4)

Hemorrhagic diathesis (2)

Muscular lipomatosis (2)

Other (2)

Ischemic nephritis  (1)

Fat necrosis (1)

White muscle disease (1)

Testicular torsion (1)

Oseous malformatión  (1)

Ruminal hyperkeratosis  (1)

Neuraxonal degeneration /dysmielinogenesis (1)

Renal dysplasia (1)

Apocrine cystomatosis (1)

Ischemic process (1)

Myoglobinuria (1)

Non-diagnostic inquiries 4 Inquiry on the bledding of ducks (1)

Inquiry on febrile pig carcasses (1)

Inquiry on criteria to sumbnitt TB suspected lesions (1)

Inquiry on dental based age estimation  (1)