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We describe epidemiological trends in Mycobacterium bovis infection in an undisturbed wild badger (Meles meles) population. Data were derived from the capture, clinical sampling and serological testing of 1803 badgers over 9945 capture events spanning 24 years. Incidence and prevalence increased...

Author(s)
Delahay, R. J.; Walker, N.; Smith, G. S.; Wilkinson, D.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Tomlinson, A. J.; Chambers, M. A.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Epidemiology and Infection, 2013, 141, 7, pp 1445-1456
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis, continues to be a serious economic problem for the British cattle industry. The Eurasian badger (Meles meles) is partly responsible for maintenance of the disease and its transmission to cattle. Previous attempts to manage the disease by...

Author(s)
Smith, G. C.; McDonald, R. A.; Wilkinson, D.
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2012, 7, 6, pp e39250
AbstractFull Text

Emerging infectious diseases often originate in wildlife, but the complex dynamics of wild animal populations mean that disease control is a major scientific and policy challenge. Culling and vaccination can be effective but the ecological characteristics of wild animals may confound the outcomes...

Author(s)
Smith, G. C.; Wilkinson, D.
Publisher
Julius Kühn Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Quedlinburg, Germany
Citation
Julius-Kühn-Archiv, 2011, No.432, pp 201-202
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an important economic disease. Badgers (Meles meles) are the wildlife source implicated in many cattle outbreaks of TB in Britain, and extensive badger control is a controversial option to reduce the disease. A badger and cattle population model was developed, simulating ...

Author(s)
Wilkinson, D.; Bennett, R.; McFarlane, I.; Rushton, S.; Shirley, M.; Smith, G. C.
Publisher
Wildlife Disease Association, Lawrence, USA
Citation
Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2009, 45, 4, pp 1062-1088
Abstract

In recent years bovine tuberculosis (TB) incidence in cattle has been increasing in south-west England. The European badger Meles meles is implicated in the transmission of TB to cattle and has been the subject of culling operations in an attempt to control the disease. An individual-based,...

Author(s)
Wilkinson, D.; Smith, G. C.; Delahay, R. J.; Cheeseman, C. L.
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2004, 41, 3, pp 492-501
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an important economic problem. The incidence of TB in cattle herds has steadily risen in the UK, and badgers are strongly implicated in spreading disease. Since the mid-1970s the UK government has adopted a number of badger culling strategies to attempt to reduce...

Author(s)
Smith, G. C.; Bennett, R.; Wilkinson, D.; Cooke, R.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Veterinary Journal, 2007, 173, 2, pp 302-310
Abstract

The mortality rates of badgers were estimated, using data from a long-term (1981-94) capture-mark-recapture study of an undisturbed badger population in Gloucestershire (south-west England). Two life table methods were used: fusion and discounting. Badgers were allocated to a particular...

Author(s)
Wilkinson, D.; Smith, G. C.; Delahay, R. J.; Rogers, L. M.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.
Citation
Journal of Zoology, 2000, 250, 3, pp 389-395
Abstract

An individual-based stochastic simulation model was used to investigate the control of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in the European badger Meles meles. Nearly all population and epidemiological parameters were derived from one study site and the transmission of TB from badgers to cattle was included....

Author(s)
Smith, G. C.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.; Wilkinson, D.
Publisher
Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2001, 38, 3, pp 509-519
Abstract

An individual-based stochastic simulation model was used to investigate the control of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in the European badger Meles meles by using a live test to determine the presence of infection. The model was an extension of earlier models, and nearly all population and epidemiological ...

Author(s)
Smith, G. C.; Cheeseman, C. L.; Wilkinson, D.; Clifton-Hadley, R. S.
Publisher
Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Applied Ecology, 2001, 38, 3, pp 520-535

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