SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 11/10/19 Assessing effects from four years of industry-led badger culling in England on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, 2013–2017. Overlap between comparison areas and intervention areas licensed in 2016 Four comparison areas (including central and buffer zones) were excluded from the analyses because more than 25% of their land was overlapped by land in one of the eight intervention areas licenced between 2015 and 2016 (Tables S2, S3).
Gloucestershire and Somerset intervention areas lost one comparison area each and Dorset lost two. DEFRA 28/01/15 2013 badger cull costs. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics August 2017, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 535–550 Bovine Tuberculosis and Badger Culling in England: An Animal Rights-Based Analysis of Policy Options. Bovine TB is a chronic respiratory disease in cattle caused by Mycobacterium bovis.
The disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. However, the risk to human health is minimal, due to the routine pasteurisation of milk. DEFRA_GOV_UK - FEV 2018 - Bovine TB: consultation on proposals to introduce licensed badger control to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis in the Low Risk Area (England) Ecol Evol. 2017 Sep; 7(18): 7213–7230. Assessing the effects of the first 2 years of industry‐led badger culling in England on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in 2013–2015. THE GUARDIAN 04/03/18 Badger cull faces review as bovine TB goes on rising. The government is to review the controversial badger cull as part of an inquiry into its strategy to clamp down on bovine TB.
The review raises the possibility that experts conducting it will examine disputed evidence about the cull’s efficacy, potentially paving the way for a change in policy. When the review was announced last month, its terms of reference said it would “not revisit the rationale for current interventions in the strategy. It will take a prospective and not a retrospective view.
It is not a review of badger culling.” Rosie Woodroffe, a senior research fellow at the Zoological Society of London, Institute of Zoology, told the Vet Times that the review was “disappointing because its scope excludes badger culling, which is the most controversial and least evidence-led part of the strategy”. “How will the review panel know what to do?” … we have a small favour to ask. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. FARMINGUK 09/03/18 Welsh farmers urged to participate in 'badger found dead survey' NFU Cymru is urging farmers to participate in the Welsh government's 'badger found dead survey' which continues to be in operation across Wales.The call comes after the most recent published figures by Welsh Government show that 725 of badgers found dead were tested in Wales, in the period September 2014 to August 2017.NFU Cymru says the survey is important so that an accurate picture of the disease in wildlife across Wales is built up.In a joint statement, Wyn Evans, NFU Cymru Livestock Board Chairman and Gareth Richards NFU Cymru Milk Board Chairman said tat surveillance is "essential" in any disease control programme and bovine TB is "no different".
They said: “Bovine TB continues to cause heartache for farming families across Wales therefore we strongly encourage our members and the general public to participate in this survey to help build up an accurate picture of the disease in Wales. CDC EID - MARS 2017 - Au sommaire notamment: Epidemiology of Mycobacterium bovis Disease in Humans in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, 2002–2014. This activity has been planned and implemented through the joint providership of Medscape, LLC and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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In Scotland, cattle herds are officially TB-free and no badger culling takes place. In Northern Ireland a 5 year research project is being conducted to test the effects of culling infected badgers and vaccinating non-infected badgers. In Wales, the Welsh Government has rejected the culling of badgers. The approach adopted by some of the devolved administrations contrasts with the approach taken by the UK Government in England, where badger culling has been conducted in a growing number of areas since 2013. This briefing focuses on the situation in England. WIKIPEDIA - Badger culling in the United Kingdom. Badger culling in the United Kingdom is being trialled as a way to reduce badger numbers in a set area, in the hope of controlling the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
Humans can catch bTB, but public health control measures, including milk pasteurisation and the BCG vaccine, mean it is not a significant risk to human health. The disease affects cattle and other farm animals (including pigs, goats, deer, sheep, alpacas and llamas), and some species of wildlife including badgers, deer and a few domestic pets. Geographically, bTB has spread from isolated pockets in the late 1980s to cover large areas of the west and south-west of England and Wales in the 2010s.
Some people believe this correlates with the lack of badger control. In October 2013, culling in England was controversially trialled in two pilot areas in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset. Status of badgers Veterinary Record 2007;160:266-268 Public opinions on badger populations and the control of tuberculosis in cattle in the uk. Veterinary Record 2014;175:90-96 Vaccination against tuberculosis in badgers and cattle: an overview of the challenges, developments and current research priorities in Great Britain.
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PLOS 10/10/13 The Contribution of Badgers to Confirmed Tuberculosis in Cattle in High-Incidence Areas in England. Introduction Wildlife reservoirs make the control of infectious diseases particularly challenging.
Badgers (Meles meles) are a wildlife host for Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle1. Various badger-culling strategies have been used in Great Britain in attempts to reduce M. bovis transmission and to stop the spread of disease1. Annually repeated widespread ‘proactive’ culling, using cage-trapping and shooting, has been shown to reduce confirmed TB incidence in cattle herds within culled areas, but it has also been shown to increase risk among cattle herds on land outside, but within 2 km of, the culling area while culling was ongoing2,3,4,5,6. The disease system is complex, with transmission occurring both within and between species.
PLOS 17/10/16 Localised Badger Culling Increases Risk of Herd Breakdown on Nearby, Not Focal, Land. Abstract Bovine tuberculosis is an important disease affecting the UK livestock industry.
Controlling bovine tuberculosis (TB) is made more complex by the presence of a wildlife host, the Eurasian badger, Meles meles. Repeated large-scale badger culls implemented in the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) were associated with decreased cattle risks inside the culling area, but also with increased cattle risks up to the 2km outside the culling area. Intermediate reductions in badger density, as achieved by localised reactive culling in the RBCT, significantly increased cattle TB.
WELSH GOVERNMENT via YOUTUBE 17/11/11 Bovine TB and Badgers - Improving Farm Biosecurity. CURRENT BIOLOGY 21/10/13 Badger social networks correlate with tuberculosis infection. Open Archive Summary Although disease hosts are classically assumed to interact randomly , infection is likely to spread across structured and dynamic contact networks . We used social network analyses to investigate contact patterns of group-living European badgers, Meles meles, which are an important wildlife reservoir of bovine tuberculosis (TB).
We found that TB test-positive badgers were socially isolated from their own groups but were more important for flow, potentially of infection, between social groups. The distinctive social position of infected badgers may help explain how social stability mitigates, and social perturbation increases, the spread of infection in badgers. Main Text Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium bovis, is a zoonotic infection of cattle and is a global challenge in animal health. We found statistically significant relationships between network position and TB test outcome (Figure 1). Acknowledgements This study was funded by the U.K. References 1R.M. LONDON HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE - MARS 1986 - BADGERS AND BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS - Review of policy. PLOS 12/12/12 BCG Vaccination Reduces Risk of Tuberculosis Infection in Vaccinated Badgers and Unvaccinated Badger Cubs.
Abstract Wildlife is a global source of endemic and emerging infectious diseases. DEFRA 28/01/15 2013 badger cull costs. DEFRA 09/10/13 Badger cull - piloting controls on bovine TB. DEFRA 13/09/13 EU Directive stating requirement for badger cull. DEFRA 13/09/13 Farms and dairies involved in pilot badger culls. DEFRA 08/11/10 Research reports on bovine tb in badgers published. Defra has made public supporting data behind the successful licensing of the first tuberculosis vaccine for badgers (Badger BCG), which was licensed by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in March this year. The studies were carried out by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). The laboratory studies with captive badgers demonstrated that the vaccination of badgers by injection with BCG significantly reduces the progression, severity and excretion of Mycobacterium bovis infection.
LE MONDE 07/04/14 En Grande-Bretagne, la victoire des blaireaux. Après un an et demi d'une campagne d'abattage aux résultats mitigés, le gouvernement fait marche arrière dans sa gestion de la population des mustélidés, suspectés d'être le vecteur de la tuberculose bovine. LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Eric Albert (Londres, correspondance) Les blaireaux viennent de gagner une bataille décisive au Royaume-Uni. Après des années de débats scientifiques et de bras de fer entre les défenseurs des animaux et les agriculteurs, le gouvernement a décidé, jeudi 3 avril, de ne pas étendre la campagne d'abattage qui vise cette espèce de mustélidés. Les petites bêtes à poils noir et blanc, défendues très médiatiquement par Brian May, l'ancien guitariste de Queen, obtiennent donc un répit. Voilà des années que les blaireaux sont au centre de très vifs débats outre-Manche. Comment enrayer le fléau ?
Le résultat de ce maelström vient de tomber. Face à ces résultats, Owen Paterson a été contraint de faire marche arrière. PLOS 07/12/12 The Effect of Badger Culling on Breakdown Prolongation and Recurrence of Bovine Tuberculosis in Cattle Herds in Great Britain. Abstract Bovine tuberculosis is endemic in cattle herds in Great Britain, with a substantial economic impact. A reservoir of Mycobacterium bovis within the Eurasian badger (Meles meles) population is thought to have hindered disease control.
Cattle herd incidents, termed breakdowns, that are either ‘prolonged’ (lasting ≥240 days) or ‘recurrent’ (with another breakdown within a specified time period) may be important foci for onward spread of infection. Veterinary Record 15/09/15 Exploration of the power of routine surveillance data to assess the impacts of industry-led badger culling on bovine tuberculosis incidence in cattle herds. C. A. Donnelly, BA, MSc, ScD1, A. I. Bento, BSc (Hons) & ARCS, PhD1, A. V. . + Author Affiliations E-mail for correspondence: email@example.com.
NATURE 04/11/15 Bovine tuberculosis: DEFRA responds to badger-cull critique. NATURE 28/10/15 Bovine tuberculosis: Badger-cull targets unlikely to reduce TB. JDLE 30/09/16 Tuberculose bovine: le blaireau enfin innocenté? Une transmission avant tout entre blaireauxDR Le blaireau britannique vient de marquer un point: selon une étude publiée lundi 26 septembre, il semble bien peu responsable des cas de tuberculose bovine observés dans les élevages.
Un résultat qui pourrait plaider pour une vaccination ciblée plutôt que pour l’abattage massif.