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The use of agricultural resources or environments by wildlife may result in opportunities for transmission of infections amongst wild animals, livestock and humans. Targeted use of biosecurity measures may therefore reduce disease risks, although this requires practical knowledge of where such...

Author(s)
Robertson, A.; Judge, J.; Wilson, G. J.; Vernon, I. J.; Delahay, R. J.; McDonald, R. A.
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2019, 14, 5, pp e0216953
Abstract

In the UK and Ireland, Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination of badgers has been suggested as one of a number of strategies to control or even eradicate Mycobacterium bovis infection in badgers. In this manuscript, we present the results of a badger field trial conducted in Ireland and discuss...

Author(s)
Aznar, I.; Frankena, K.; More, S. J.; O'Keeffe, J.; McGrath, G.; Jong, M. C. M. de
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2018, 149, pp 29-37
Abstract

Long-term individual-based datasets on host-pathogen systems are a rare and valuable resource for understanding the infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. A study of European badgers (Meles meles) naturally infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) at Woodchester Park in Gloucestershire (UK) has...

Author(s)
McDonald, J. L.; Robertson, A.; Silk, M. J.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Animal Ecology, 2018, 87, 1, pp 101-112
Abstract

Diseases transmitted from wildlife to livestock or people may be managed more effectively if it is known where transmission occurs. In Britain, farm buildings have been proposed as important sites of Mycobacterium bovis transmission between wild badgers (Meles meles) and cattle, contributing to the ...

Author(s)
Woodroffe, R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Ham, C.; Jackson, S. Y. B.; Moyes, K.; Chapman, K.; Stratton, N. G.; Cartwright, S. J.
Publisher
Springer Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany
Citation
European Journal of Wildlife Research, 2017, 63, 1, pp 6
Abstract

In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, the European badger (Meles meles) is a maintenance host for Mycobacterium bovis, and may transmit the infection to cattle causing bovine tuberculosis (TB). Vaccination of badgers using an injectable Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is undertaken in some...

Author(s)
Robertson, A.; Delahay, R. J.; McDonald, R. A.; Aylett, P.; Henderson, R.; Gowtage, S.; Chambers, M. A.; Carter, S. P.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2016, 135, pp 95-101
Abstract

Mycobacterium bovis (TB) in cattle is a disease with far-reaching economic effects throughout Europe but especially in Great Britain and Ireland. Wildlife reservoirs, in particular the European badger Meles meles, continue to play an important role in the transmission of the disease, although the...

Author(s)
Mullen, E. M.; MacWhite, T.; Maher, P. K.; Kelly, D. J.; Marples, N. M.; Good, M.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 171, pp 170-176
Abstract

Bovine TB (bTB) is endemic in Irish cattle and has eluded eradication despite considerable expenditure, amid debate over the relative roles of badgers and cattle in disease transmission. Using a comprehensive dataset from Northern Ireland (>10,000 km2; 29,513 cattle herds), we investigated...

Author(s)
Wright, D. M.; Reid, N.; Montgomery, W. I.; Allen, A. R.; Skuce, R. A.; Kao, R. R.
Publisher
Nature Publishing Group, London, UK
Citation
Scientific Reports, 2015, 5, 1, pp 13062
Abstract

The incidence of Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of bovine tuberculosis, has been increasing in UK cattle herds resulting in substantial economic losses. The European badger (Meles meles) is implicated as a wildlife reservoir of infection. One likely route of transmission to cattle is...

Author(s)
King, H. C.; Murphy, A.; James, P.; Travis, E.; Porter, D.; Hung YuJiun; Sawyer, J.; Cork, J.; Delahay, R. J.; Gaze, W.; Courtenay, O.; Wellington, E. M.
Publisher
Nature Publishing Group, London, UK
Citation
Scientific Reports, 2015, 5, 1, pp 12318
Abstract

Over the last couple of decades, the UK experienced a substantial increase in the incidence and geographical spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB), in particular since the epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in 2001. The initiation of the Randomized Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) in 1998 in...

Author(s)
Vial, F.; Miguel, E.; Johnston, W. T.; Mitchell, A.; Donnelly, C. A.
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell, Berlin, Germany
Citation
Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 2015, 62, 5, pp 505-515
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis is a disease of historical importance to human health in the UK that remains a major animal health and economic issue. Control of the disease in cattle is complicated by the presence of a reservoir species, the Eurasian badger. In spite of uncertainty in the degree to which...

Author(s)
Smith, C. M.; Downs, S. H.; Mitchell, A.; Hayward, A. C.; Fry, H.; Comber, S. C. le
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2015, 10, 11, pp e0142710

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