the dutch brucella abortus monitoring programme for cattle: the impact of false-positive serological reactions and comparison of serological tests.the dutch national brucella abortus eradication programme for cattle started in 1959. sporadic cases occurred yearly until 1995; the last infected herd was culled in 1996. in august 1999 the netherlands was declared officially free of bovine brucellosis by the european union. before 1999, the programme to monitor the official brucella-free status of bovine herds was primarily based on periodical testing of dairy herds with the milk ring test (mrt) and serological testing of all animals older tha ...200211924560
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