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Bovine TB
Wales reports on progress with badger vaccination

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A REPORT of the second year of the five-year badger vaccination project in Wales indicates that more than 1350 badgers were successfully trapped and vaccinated against bovine TB in 2013.

The badger vaccination programme, which is the largest of its kind in Great Britain, is being carried out in an ‘intensive action area’, primarily located in north Pembrokeshire. It is one of a number of measures introduced in the area to tackle all sources of bovine TB in both domestic and wild species and aims to vaccinate as many badgers as possible within the area each year for five years. Other measures include additional cattle surveillance and controls, enhanced biosecurity measures and additional surveillance and controls on non-bovine species.

In 2012, the first year of the vaccination programme, just over 1400 badgers were vaccinated (VR, February 9, 2013, vol 172, p 143).

In 2013, …

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