Localized reactive badger culling increases risk of bovine tuberculosis in nearby cattle herds.

  title={Localized reactive badger culling increases risk of bovine tuberculosis in nearby cattle herds.},
  author={Flavie Vial and Christl A. Donnelly},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={8 1},
Human and livestock diseases can be difficult to control where infection persists in wildlife populations. Control of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in British cattle is complicated by the maintenance of Mycobacterium bovis (the causative agent of bTB) in badgers, acting as reservoirs of infection. Although over 20 000 badgers were culled to control bTB between 1975 and 1997, the incidence of bTB in cattle has substantially increased in parts of Great Britain in recent decades. Our case-control… CONTINUE READING
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