Meet Dr. Christianne Bruschke, the Netherlands’ Chief Veterinary Officer in an interview
In 2007, the Netherlands started to detect cases of Q-fever in humans.The disease which is caused by Coxiella bunetii bacteria, can trigger abortions in sheep, goats and cows, but can lead to pneumonia in humans. After over 2000 confirmed human cases of Q-fever, the Dutch authorities took the rather controversial decision to cull over 50 000 dairy goats, that had been identified as the source of the infection.
The Netherlands’ Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Christianne Bruschke, has on many occasions explained why this tough decision was necessary. Dr. Bruschke is one of the keynote speakers at Uppsala Health Summit in October, where she will share the Dutch experiences of responding to an outbreak of a zoonosis in one of the world’s most densely populated countries and the world’s second largest exporter of dairy products.