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Bovine Tuberculosis in Cattle and Badgers

@inproceedings{Krebs1997BovineTI,
  title={Bovine Tuberculosis in Cattle and Badgers},
  author={J R Krebs and R Anderson and Tom Clutton-Brock and Ivan W. Morrison and Douglas Brownlee Young and Ceara Donnelley},
  year={1997}
}
Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) was a major problem in cattle herds during the last 100 years but was virtually eradicated by tuberculin testing and slaughter of infected cattle. It persisted in southwest England, some parts of Wales and the West Midlands, and is now increasing in other parts of Britain. Since the mid-1970s tens of thousands of badgers have been culled in response to bTB outbreaks, because of circumstantial evidence that they spread the disease but bTB has continued to increase in… 

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