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Bovine TB
Liver fluke infection could be hindering detection of bovine TB

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LIVER fluke infection in cattle could be hindering the detection and control of bovine TB, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool, the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute in Stormont, and University College Dublin.

Writing in Nature Communications, the researchers describe how they discovered that concurrent infection with Fasciola hepatica in cattle reduces the sensitivity of the single intradermal comparative cervical tuberculin (SICCT) skin test used to diagnose bovine TB.

In a study involving over 3000 dairy herds in England and Wales, they found a significant …

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