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In most social animals, the prevalence of directly transmitted pathogens increases in larger groups and at higher population densities. Such patterns are predicted by models of Mycobacterium bovis infection in European badgers (Meles meles). We investigated the relationship between badger abundance ...

Author(s)
Woodroffe, R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Wei Gao; Cox, D. R.; Bourne, F. J.; Burke, T.; Butlin, R. K.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Gettinby, G.; Gilks, P.; Hedges, S.; Jenkins, H. E.; Johnston, W. T.; McInerney, J. P.; Morrison, W. I.; Pope, L. C.
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Animal Ecology, 2009, 78, 4, pp 818-827
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is a zoonotic disease that can have serious consequences for cattle farming and, potentially, for public health. In Britain, failure to control bovine TB has been linked to persistent infection of European badger (Meles meles) populations. However, culling of badgers in the ...

Author(s)
Woodroffe, R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Cox, D. R.; Gilks, P.; Jenkins, H. E.; Johnston, W. T.; Fevre, A. M. le; Bourne, F. J.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Gettinby, G.; Hewinson, R. G.; McInerney, J. P.; Mitchell, A. P.; Morrison, W. I.; Watkins, G. H.
Publisher
Wildlife Disease Association, Lawrence, USA
Citation
Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2009, 45, 1, pp 128-143
Abstract

Control of zoonotic disease is difficult to achieve when populations of multiple hosts, particularly wildlife, become persistently infected. Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is one such disease: its causative agent, Mycobacterium bovis, infects cattle, humans and multiple wildlife species including...

Author(s)
Woodroffe, R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Johnston, W. T.; Bourne, F. J.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Cox, D. R.; Gettinby, G.; Hewinson, R. G.; Fevre, A. M. le; McInerney, J. P.; Morrison, W. I.
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2005, 42, 5, pp 852-862
Abstract

Culling is often considered as a tool for controlling wildlife diseases that can also infect people or livestock. Culling European badgers Meles meles can cause both positive and negative effects on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle. One factor likely to influence the outcome of...

Author(s)
Woodroffe, R.; Gilks, P.; Johnston, W. T.; Fevre, A. M. le; Cox, D. R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Bourne, F. J.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Gettinby, G.; McInerney, J. P.; Morrison, W. I.
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Zoology, 2008, 274, 1, pp 28-37
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis, has serious consequences for Britain's cattle industry. European badgers (Meles meles) can transmit infection to cattle, and for many years the British government culled badgers in a series of attempts to reduce cattle infections. We...

Author(s)
Jenkins, H. E.; Woodroffe, R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Cox, D. R.; Johnston, W. T.; Bourne, F. J.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Gettinby, G.; Gilks, P.; Hewinson, R. G.; McInerney, J. P.; Morrison, W. I.
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2007, 44, 5, pp 897-908
Abstract

Human and livestock diseases can be difficult to control where infection persists in wildlife populations. For three decades, European badgers (Meles meles) have been culled by the British government in a series of attempts to limit the spread of Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of bovine...

Author(s)
Donnelly, C. A.; Woodroffe, R.; Cox, D. R.; Bourne, F. J.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Wei Gao; Gettinby, G.; Gilks, P.; Jenkins, H.; Johnston, W. T.; Fevre, A. M. le; McInerney, J. P.; Morrison, W. I.
Publisher
Nature Publishing Group, London, UK
Citation
Nature (London), 2006, 439, 7078, pp 843-846
Abstract

Wildlife is a global source of endemic and emerging infectious diseases. The control of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle in Britain and Ireland is hindered by persistent infection in wild badgers (Meles meles). Vaccination with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) has been shown to reduce the severity and...

Author(s)
Carter, S. P.; Chambers, M. A.; Rushton, S. P.; Shirley, M. D. F.; Schuchert, P.; Pietravalle, S.; Murray, A.; Rogers, F.; Gettinby, G.; Smith, G. C.; Delahay, R. J.; Hewinson, R. G.; McDonald, R. A.
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2012, 7, 12, pp e49833
Abstract

The Randomized Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) began in 1998 to determine the impact of badger culling in controlling bovine tuberculosis in cattle. A total of 1166 badgers (14% of total) proactively culled during the RBCT were found to be tuberculous, offering a unique opportunity to study the...

Author(s)
Jenkins, H. E.; Morrison, W. I.; Cox, D. R.; Donnelly, C. A.; Johnston, W. T.; Bourne, F. J.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Gettinby, G.; McInerney, J. P.; Watkins, G. H.; Woodroffe, R.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Epidemiology and Infection, 2008, 136, 10, pp 1350-1361
Abstract

Pathogens that are transmitted between wildlife, livestock and humans present major challenges for the protection of human and animal health, the economic sustainability of agriculture, and the conservation of wildlife. Mycobacterium bovis, the aetiological agent of bovine tuberculosis (TB), is one ...

Author(s)
Donnelly, C. A.; Woodroffe, R.; Cox, D. R.; Bourne, J.; Gettinby, G.; Fevre, A. M. le; McInerney, J. P.; Morrison, W. I.
Publisher
Nature Publishing Group, London, UK
Citation
Nature (London), 2003, 426, 6968, pp 834-837
Abstract

Background: Bovine tuberculosis (TB) has re-emerged as a major problem for British cattle farmers. Failure to control the infection has been linked to transmission from European badgers; badger culling has therefore formed a component of British TB control policy since 1973. Objectives and design:...

Author(s)
Donnelly, C. A.; Wei Gao; Johnston, W. T.; Cox, D. R.; Woodroffe, R.; Bourne, F. J.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Gettinby, G.; Gilks, P.; Jenkins, H. E.; Fevre, A. M. le; McInerney, J. P.; Morrison, W. I.
Publisher
Elsevier, Oxford, UK
Citation
International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2007, 11, 4, pp 300-308

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