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Methodology of the biological risk classification of animal pathogens in Belgium

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The biological hazards posed by micro-organisms have lead to their categorisation into risk groups and the elaboration of classification lists. Current classification systems rely on criteria defined by the World Health Organization, which cover the severity of the disease the micro-organism might cause, its ability to spread and the availability of prophylaxis or efficient treatment. Animal pathogens are classified according to the definitions of the World Organization of Animal Health, which also consider economic aspects of disease. In Europe, classification is often directly linked to containment measures. The Belgian classification system however, only considers the inherent characteristics of the micro-organism, not its use, making the risk classification independent of containment measures. A common classification list for human and animal pathogens has been developed in Belgium using as comprehensive an approach as possible. Evolution of scientific knowledge will demand regular updating of classification lists. This paper describes the Belgian risk classification system and the methodology that was used for its peer-reviewed revision (with a focus on animal pathogens).
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risk group, classification systems, animal pathogens, methodology, biological risk classification, reference list, criteria for classification

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Van Vaerenbergh, B et al. “Methodology of the Biological Risk Classification of Animal Pathogens in Belgium.” REVUE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE-OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES 29.3 (2010): 513–522. Print.
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Van Vaerenbergh, B, Koenen, F., Pauwels, K., Quanten , K., Boyen, F., Declercq , K., Desmecht , D., et al. (2010). Methodology of the biological risk classification of animal pathogens in Belgium. REVUE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE-OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES, 29(3), 513–522.
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Van Vaerenbergh, B, F Koenen, K Pauwels, K Quanten , Filip Boyen, K Declercq , D Desmecht , J Thiry , and P Herman . 2010. “Methodology of the Biological Risk Classification of Animal Pathogens in Belgium.” Revue Scientifique Et Technique-office International Des Epizooties 29 (3): 513–522.
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Van Vaerenbergh, B, F Koenen, K Pauwels, K Quanten , Filip Boyen, K Declercq , D Desmecht , J Thiry , and P Herman . 2010. “Methodology of the Biological Risk Classification of Animal Pathogens in Belgium.” Revue Scientifique Et Technique-office International Des Epizooties 29 (3): 513–522.
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Van Vaerenbergh B, Koenen F, Pauwels K, Quanten K, Boyen F, Declercq K, et al. Methodology of the biological risk classification of animal pathogens in Belgium. REVUE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE-OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES. 2010;29(3):513–22.
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B. Van Vaerenbergh et al., “Methodology of the biological risk classification of animal pathogens in Belgium,” REVUE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE-OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 513–522, 2010.
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  abstract     = {The biological hazards posed by micro-organisms have lead to their categorisation into risk groups and the elaboration of classification lists. Current classification systems rely on criteria defined by the World Health Organization, which cover the severity of the disease the micro-organism might cause, its ability to spread and the availability of prophylaxis or efficient treatment. Animal pathogens are classified according to the definitions of the World Organization of Animal Health, which also consider economic aspects of disease. In Europe, classification is often directly linked to containment measures. The Belgian classification system however, only considers the inherent characteristics of the micro-organism, not its use, making the risk classification independent of containment measures. A common classification list for human and animal pathogens has been developed in Belgium using as comprehensive an approach as possible. Evolution of scientific knowledge will demand regular updating of classification lists. This paper describes the Belgian risk classification system and the methodology that was used for its peer-reviewed revision (with a focus on animal pathogens).},
  author       = {Van Vaerenbergh, B and Koenen, F and Pauwels, K and Quanten , K and Boyen, Filip and Declercq , K and Desmecht , D and Thiry , J and Herman , P},
  issn         = {0253-1933},
  journal      = {REVUE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE-OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES},
  keywords     = {risk group,classification systems,animal pathogens,methodology,biological risk classification,reference list,criteria for classification},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {513--522},
  title        = {Methodology of the biological risk classification of animal pathogens in Belgium},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2010},
}

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