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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 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

The oral vaccination of wild badgers (Meles meles) with live Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is one of the tools being considered for the control of bovine tuberculosis (caused by Mycobacterium bovis) in the UK. The design of a product for oral vaccination requires that numerous, and often...

Author(s)
Gowtage, S.; Williams, G. A.; Henderson, R.; Aylett, P.; MacMorran, D.; Palmer, S.; Robertson, A.; Lesellier, S.; Carter, S. P.; Chambers, M. A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Vaccine, 2017, 35, 6, pp 987-992
Abstract

The control of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle in the UK and Ireland is compromised by transmission of Mycobacterium bovis to cattle from the European badger (Meles meles), which acts as a wildlife reservoir. Vaccination of badgers could potentially contribute to TB control but the only licensed...

Author(s)
Palphramand, K.; Delahay, R.; Robertson, A.; Gowtage, S.; Williams, G. A.; McDonald, R. A.; Chambers, M.; Carter, S. P.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Vaccine, 2017, 35, 34, pp 4402-4407
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 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

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