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Does reactive badger culling lead to an increase in tuberculosis in cattle?
  1. S. J. More, BVSc, MVB, DipPM, PhD, FACVSc, DipECVPH1,
  2. T. A. Clegg, BSc, MSc1,
  3. G. McGrath, BA, MSc1,
  4. J. D. Collins, MVB, MVM, MS, PhD, MRCVS1,
  5. L. A. L. Corner, BA, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, MACVSc2 and
  6. E. Gormley, BA, PhD2
  1. 1 Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis
  2. 2 Badger Vaccine Research Laboratory, School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland


The conclusion from the randomised badger culling trial was that localised badger culling not only fails to control but can actually increase the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle. Professor Simon More and colleagues from University College Dublin question that conclusion, arguing that the data do not provide sufficient evidence to rule out alternative hypotheses.

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