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Bovine TB
Bovine TB and badger culling
  1. Peter Jones
  1. President, BVA, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ
  1. e-mail: peterjones{at}

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IN his letter (VR, November 3, 2012, vol 171, p 454) Andrew J. Wilson raises questions over the need to tackle bovine TB in wildlife in order to achieve control and eradication in cattle living in close proximity to those species. As rightly stated, bovine TB occurs in many different species across the world, and the need to address it depends upon the epidemiological importance of that infection and in particular the risk posed to cattle eradication programmes and/or human health.

Wildlife species infected with TB can be spill-over hosts (in which infection is not self-sustaining within the population), or maintenance hosts (populations capable of maintaining TB without outside infection). In England, cattle …

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