First chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in the northern part of Belgium

Vet Q. 2006 Jun;28(2):55-60.


Cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild cervids have yet not been reported in Europe, whereas the disease is considered enzootic in free-ranging mule deer, Rocky mountain elk and white-tailed deer in the area of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. New foci of CWD continue to be detected in other parts of the United States. However, no large-scale active epidemiosurveillance of European wild cervids is yet installed in Europe. In accordance with the opinion of the European Scientific Steering Committee, a preliminary (active) surveillance scheme was installed, in order to improve the knowledge of the CWD status of wild cervids (roe deer) in the Northern part of Belgium. Spleen samples (n=206) and brain samples (n=222) of roe deer collected in the Northern part of Belgium, were examined for CWD using the antigen-capture enzyme-linked immunoassay (EIA) of IDEXX. Afterwards, the EIA was systematically confirmed by immunohistochemistry using three antibodies, namely R524, 2G11 and 12F10. There were no indications on the occurrence of TSE in any of the samples. A Bayesian framework was used for the estimation of the true prevalence of CWD in the Northern part of Belgium that was estimated to have a median value of zero with a 95th percentile value of 0.0049 and 0.0045 for spleen and brain samples respectively.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Belgium / epidemiology
  • Brain / immunology
  • Deer*
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques / veterinary
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Spleen / immunology
  • Wasting Disease, Chronic / epidemiology*