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, 16 (9), 420-7

Control of Bovine Tuberculosis in British Livestock: There Is No 'Silver Bullet'

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Control of Bovine Tuberculosis in British Livestock: There Is No 'Silver Bullet'

Piran C L White et al. Trends Microbiol.

Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB; Mycobacterium bovis) is a bacterial infection of cattle that also affects certain wildlife species. Culling badgers (Meles meles), the principal wildlife host, results in perturbation of the badger population and an increased level of disease in cattle. Therefore, the priority for future management must be to minimize the risk of disease transmission by finding new ways to reduce the contact rate among the host community. At the farm level, targeting those individuals that represent an elevated risk of transmission might prove to be effective. At the landscape level, risk mapping can provide the basis for targeted surveillance of the host community. Here, we review the current evidence for bTB persistence in Britain and make recommendations for future management and research.

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