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New blood test for the detection of bovine TB

A new blood test to detect Mycobacteria in blood has been developed by a team at The University of Nottingham led by Dr Cath Rees, an expert in microbiology in the School of Biosciences and Dr Ben…

Scientists identify new route of TB transmission

Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria, Mycobacterium mungi, that causes tuberculosis (TB) and is transmitted through the skin and nose of banded mongoose in Northern Botswana.

Intensive farming link to bovine TB

Intensive farming practices such as larger herd size, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and the use of silage have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB, new research has concluded.

Effects of MVA85A vaccine on tuberculosis challenge in animals: systematic review

A new systematic review of animal studies testing a vaccine for tuberculosis raises questions about whether the studies provided sufficient evidence to move into trials of children.

Bovine TB vaccinations and minimising ‘false positives’

Bovine tuberculosis is a major economic disease of livestock worldwide. Despite an intensive, and costly, control program in the United Kingdom, bovine TB persists.

Refining genomic predictors of resistance offers potential to breed cattle more resistant to TB

Scientists have identified genetic traits in cattle that might allow farmers to breed livestock with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Badger surveillance project reveals how TB infects their social networks

Researchers at the University of Exeter and the AHVLA’s National Wildlife Management Centre have shown that the social lives of badgers are related to their risk of infection with bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Badger Cull: Badgers ultimately responsible for around half of TB in cattle, study estimates

However, only around six per cent of infected cattle catch TB from badgers, with onward transmission between cattle herds accounting for the remainder, the study suggests.The findings are published in the journal PLOS Currents: Outbreaks.

Badger Sleeping Habits Could Help Target TB Control

Scientists found that badgers which strayed away from the family burrow in favour of sleeping in outlying dens were more likely to carry TB. The 12-month study of 40 wild badgers was funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (De…

Reduced Risk Of Unvaccinated Badger Cubs Testing TB Positive Following Vaccination

New evidence from a four-year field study has shown that BCG vaccination reduces the risk of tuberculosis infection in unvaccinated badger cubs in vaccinated groups, as well as in badgers that received the vaccine…