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European badgers (Meles meles) have been identified as wildlife reservoirs for Mycobacterium bovis in the UK and Ireland, and may also have a role in the epidemiology of animal tuberculosis in other European regions. Thus, detection of M. bovis-infected badgers may be required for the purposes of...

Author(s)
Infantes-Lorenzo, J. A.; Dave, D.; Moreno, I.; Anderson, P.; Lesellier, S.; Gormley, E.; Dominguez, L.; Balseiro, A.; Gortázar, C.; Dominguez, M.; Salguero, F. J.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Veterinary Medicine and Science, 2019, 5, 1, pp 61-69
Abstract

The mutation accumulation theory of senescence predicts that age-related deterioration of fitness can be exaggerated when inbreeding causes homozygosity for deleterious alleles. A vital component of fitness, in natural populations, is the incidence and progression of disease. Evidence is growing...

Author(s)
Benton, C. H.; Delahay, R. J.; Smith, F. A. P.; Robertson, A.; McDonald, R. A.; Young, A. J.; Burke, T. A.; Hodgson, D.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Animal Ecology, 2018, 87, 6, pp 1500-1511
Abstract

Increasing crossbreeding of relatives promotes inbreeding which, in turn, can cause a reduction in fitness and the emergence of a phenomenon known as inbreeding depression. Benton et al., [Benton, C. H., 2018] used the badger (Meles meles) - Mycobacterium bovis model system to study the...

Author(s)
Queirós, J.; Vicente, J.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Animal Ecology, 2018, 87, 6, pp 1497-1499
Abstract

Tuberculosis in animals is caused principally by infection with Mycobacterium bovis and the potential for transmission of infection to humans is often the fundamental driver for surveillance of disease in livestock and wild animals. However, with such a vast array of species susceptible to...

Author(s)
Gormley, E.; Corner, L. A. L.
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A., Lausanne, Switzerland
Citation
Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 2018, 5, January, pp 247
Abstract

Contact networks are fundamental to the transmission of infection and host sex often affects the acquisition and progression of infection. However, the epidemiological impacts of sex-related variation in animal contact networks have rarely been investigated. We test the hypothesis that sex-biases...

Author(s)
Silk, M. J.; Weber, N. L.; Steward, L. C.; Hodgson, D. J.; Boots, M.; Croft, D. P.; Delahay, R. J.; McDonald, R. A.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecology Letters, 2018, 21, 2, pp 309-318
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

The diagnosis and control of Mycobacterium bovis infection (bovine tuberculosis: TB) continues to present huge challenges to the British cattle industry. A clearer understanding of the magnitude and duration of immune response to M. bovis infection in the European badger (Meles meles) - a wildlife...

Author(s)
Buzdugan, S. N.; Chambers, M. A.; Delahay, R. J.; Drewe, J. A.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Epidemiology and Infection, 2017, 145, 15, pp 3204-3213
Abstract

The restraint and sedation of wild animals has welfare implications, thus animal handling procedures should be well-informed and optimised to adhere to welfare standards. Furthermore, it is important that handling procedures should not cause future trap avoidance. This is of particular pertinence...

Author(s)
Sun, Q.; Stevens, C.; Newman, C.; Buesching, C. D.; Macdonald, D. W.
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2015, 24, 4, pp 373-385
Abstract

Clinical and pathological studies in European badgers (Meles meles) are limited. Badgers play a significant role in the epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in some countries and an accurate diagnosis is needed for this infection. However, the lesions of bovine TB are similar to those...

Author(s)
Moreno, B.; Bolea, R.; Morales, M.; Martín-Burriel, I.; González, C.; Badiola, J. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Comparative Pathology, 2015, 152, 2/3, pp 269-273
Abstract

Badgers are a wildlife host of Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), and an important contributor to the epidemiology of bTB in cattle in Ireland and Britain. Repeated culling of badgers in high prevalence cattle bTB areas has been used in the Republic of Ireland as ...

Author(s)
Byrne, A. W.; Kenny, K.; Fogarty, U.; O'Keeffe, J. J.; More, S. J.; McGrath, G.; Teeling, M.; Martin, S. W.; Dohoo, I. R.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2015, 122, 3, pp 345-354

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