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Bovine TB
TB testing and surveillance to be strengthened in England

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ENGLAND is to be divided into two cattle TB testing frequency areas from January 1, 2013, as part of tightened control measures aimed at reducing the risk of bovine TB spreading between cattle.

Under the measures, which were announced by Defra on October 18, annual TB testing of farms will be extended in south-west, west and central England and in East Sussex to include adjoining areas that are at most risk of the geographic spread of TB in the short and medium term, as well as the existing high-risk areas. The rest of England will be placed on four-yearly testing. Defra notes that most TB breakdowns in these parts of England are due to the movement of infected cattle from the high-risk area.

With the change in rules, TB testing intervals will be set at county level and not on a parish basis. Defra says that this is in line with EU law, …

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