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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 ...

Development, validation, and application of a multimatrix UHPLC-MS/MS method for quantification of Datura-type alkaloids in food

in the range of 70-120%, and repeatability and intermediate precision were below 20%. The method was successfully applied in a proficiency testing exercise as well as in the analysis of various ...

RNA sequencing of avian paramyxovirus (Paramyxoviridae, Avulavirinae) isolates from wild mallards in Belgium, 2021: complete genomes and coinfections.

strains and one avian Paraavulavirus-4 (APMV-4) strain were determined confirming hemagglutination inhibition testing of the virus isolates. In addition, the applied sequencing strategy identified an avian ...

Belgian recommendations for analytical verification and validation of immunohistochemical tests in laboratories of anatomic pathology

_recommendations_for_analytical.139.aspx Keywords: CE-IVD test immunohistochemical test laboratory developed test VALIDATION Verification Abstract: Analytical verification and validation of immunohistochemical tests and their ...

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