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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

Because biological systems are complex, management interventions occasionally have unintended adverse consequences. For example, attempts to control bovine tuberculosis (TB) by culling badgers Meles meles have, under some circumstances, inadvertently increased cattle TB risks. Such harmful effects...

Author(s)
Woodroffe, R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Ham, C.; Jackson, S. Y. B.; Moyes, K.; Chapman, K.; Stratton, N. G.; Cartwright, S. J.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2017, 54, 3, pp 718-725
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

Heterogeneity in the progression of disease amongst individual wild animals may impact on both pathogen and host dynamics at the population level, through differential effects on transmission, mortality and reproductive output. The role of the European badger (Meles meles) as a reservoir host for ...

Author(s)
Tomlinson, A. J.; Chambers, M. A.; Wilson, G. J.; McDonald, R. A.; Delahay, R. J.
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell, Berlin, Germany
Citation
Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 2013, 60, s1, pp 37-45
Abstract

The aim of this study was to estimate the power, using simulation techniques, of a group randomized vaccine field trial designed to assess the effect of vaccination on Mycobacterium bovis transmission in badgers. The effects of sample size (recapture percentage), initial prevalence, sensitivity and ...

Author(s)
Aznar, I.; More, S. J.; Frankena, K.; Jong, M. C. M. de
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2013, 111, 3/4, pp 297-303
Abstract

The principal wildlife reservoir of Mycobacterium bovis in Ireland is the European badger. Studies in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) have shown that badgers culled in association with cattle herd tuberculosis breakdowns (focal culling) have a higher prevalence of infection than the badger population ...

Author(s)
Aznar, I.; McGrath, G.; Murphy, D.; Corner, L. A. L.; Gormley, E.; Frankena, K.; More, S. J.; Martin, W.; O'Keeffe, J.; Jong, M. C. M. de
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Veterinary Microbiology, 2011, 151, 1/2, pp 104-111
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is the most serious endemic disease facing the livestock industry in the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland (RoI), where its management has been confounded by the presence of persistent infection in the Eurasian badger (Meles meles). Field evidence suggests that...

Author(s)
Wilson, G. J.; Carter, S. P.; Delahay, R. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Veterinary Microbiology, 2011, 151, 1/2, pp 43-50
Abstract

Wildlife diseases can have undesirable effects on wildlife, on livestock and people. Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is such a disease. This study derives and then evaluates relationships between the proportion of cattle herds with newly detected TB infection in a year and data on badgers, in parts of...

Author(s)
Donnelly, C. A.; Hone, J.
Publisher
De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany
Citation
Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases, 2010, 2, 1, pp Article 3
Abstract

Behavioural investigations into the transmission of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) between badgers and cattle suggest that badger activity in farm buildings may incur a significant risk of cross-infection. However, measures to exclude badgers from buildings have not been systematically...

Author(s)
Tolhurst, B. A.; Ward, A. I.; Delahay, R. J.; MacMaster, A. M.; Roper, T. J.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2008, 113, 1/3, pp 224-235

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