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Bovine TB
Bovine TB strategy and new policies for the ‘edge area’
  1. Nigel Gibbens,
  1. Chief Veterinary Officer, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR

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ON July 4, 2013, Defra launched a public consultation on a new draft strategy for achieving Officially TB Free (OTF) status for the whole of England within 25 years. This was reported in the July 13 issue of Veterinary Record (July 13, 2013, vol 173, p 33).

One of the first steps we are taking ahead of other parts of the draft strategy is to introduce new policies designed to stop and ultimately reverse the spread of bovine TB at the frontier of the disease, known as the ‘edge area’.

The edge area is one of three types of bovine TB risk area identified in the draft strategy (high …

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