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Factors underlying COVID-19 booster vaccine uptake among adults in Belgium

COVID-19 infection were more likely to receive the first booster. For the second booster, the same age trend was seen as for the first booster. Males, individuals residing in Flanders and those who tested ...

How will RE-Place contribute to the action plan of the Flemish government?

Afdeling Dierenwelzijn, Issue Afdeling Dierenwelzijn, Departement Omgeving, Brussels, Belgium (2023) Keywords: 3Rs alternatives animal testing Database Knowledge sharing NAMs new approach methodologies ...

Outbreak of Corynebacterium diphtheriae among asylum seekers in Belgium in 2022: operational challenges and lessons learnt.

contact tracing and treatment procedures. A test-and-treat centre was organised by non-governmental organisations, the duration of the antimicrobial treatment was shortened to increase compliance, and ...

Seasonal and inter-seasonal RSV activity in the European Region during the COVID-19 pandemic from autumn 2020 to summer 2022.

inter-seasons were compared with pre-pandemic 2016/17 to 2019/20 seasons and inter-seasons. RESULTS: Although more specimens were tested than in pre- COVID-19 pandemic seasons, very few RSV detections were ...

Vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 hospitalisation in adults (≥ 20 years) during Alpha- and Delta-dominant circulation: I-MOVE-COVID-19 and VEBIS SARI VE networks, Europe, 2021.

2021.MethodsForty-six participating hospitals across 14 countries follow a similar generic protocol using the test-negative case-control design. We defined complete primary series vaccination (PSV) as two doses of ...

BSFM 2023- L. monocytogenes in Plant-Based Foods: insights from of a recent foodborne outbreak linked to vegan alternative to cheese

plant-based food production. For example, challenge tests performed on bovine milk and plant-based milk demonstrated similar growth of L. monocytogenes. The outbreak described here provides strong evidence of ...

Strain-level characterization without culture enrichment? Easing and accelerating outbreak investigation using shotgun metagenomics facilitated with nanopore adaptive sampling

outbreak. Additionally, the living S. aureus strain was spiked into mashed potatoes at a level of 10 5 CFU per 25 grams and three DNA extraction kits were tested, in combination with two databases for ...

RE-Place launches new initiatives to promote the use of alternative methods to animal testing

.sciensano.be/en/press-corner/re-place-launches-new-initiatives-promote-use-alternative-methods-animal-testing (2023) URL: https://www.sciensano.be/en/press-corner/re-place-launches-new-initiatives-promote-use ...

Factors influencing SARS-CoV-2 infection rate in Belgian nursing homes’ residents during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic

(2022) Keywords: COVID-19 long-term care facilities Abstract: In April 2020, Belgium experienced high numbers of fatal COVID-19 cases among nursing home (NH) residents. In response, a mass testing campaign ...

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