Mycobacterium bovis infection, United Kingdom

Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Mar;10(3):539-41. doi: 10.3201/eid1003.020819.


We describe the first documented spillover of bovine tuberculosis from animals into the human population of the United Kingdom since the resurgence of the disease in cattle in the country. This finding suggests that there may be a small risk for transmission to humans, making continued vigilance particularly necessary.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mycobacterium bovis / isolation & purification
  • Mycobacterium bovis / pathogenicity*
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis / physiopathology
  • Tuberculosis / transmission*
  • Tuberculosis, Bovine / transmission*
  • United Kingdom