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Tuberculosis (TB) due to infection with Mycobacterium bovis is transmitted between cattle and badgers (Meles meles) in the UK and Ireland but it is unclear where or when transmission occurs. We investigated direct and indirect interactions between badgers and cattle using automated proximity...

Author(s)
Drewe, J. A.; O'Connor, H. M.; Weber, N.; McDonald, R. A.; Delahay, R. J.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Epidemiology and Infection, 2013, 141, 7, pp 1467-1475
Abstract

The behaviour of certain infected individuals within socially structured populations can have a disproportionately large effect on the spatio-temporal distribution of infection. Endemic infection with Mycobacterium bovis in European badgers (Meles meles) in Great Britain and Ireland is an important ...

Author(s)
Tomlinson, A. J.; Chambers, M. A.; Carter, S. P.; Wilson, G. J.; Smith, G. C.; McDonald, R. A.; Delahay, R. J.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Epidemiology and Infection, 2013, 141, 7, pp 1458-1466
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 European badger (Meles meles) is of considerable interest in the UK as it is both a protected species and the main wildlife reservoir for bovine tuberculosis infection in cattle. While there have been three national badger surveys in the 1980s, 1990s and 2011-13, using the number of badger main ...

Author(s)
Judge, J.; Wilson, G. J.; Macarthur, R.; McDonald, R. A.; Delahay, R. J.
Publisher
Nature Publishing Group, London, UK
Citation
Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 3, pp 276
Abstract

Statistical models of epidemiology in wildlife populations usually consider diseased individuals as a single class, despite knowledge that infections progress through states of severity. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a serious zoonotic disease threatening the UK livestock industry, but we have...

Author(s)
Graham, J.; Smith, G. C.; Delahay, R. J.; Bailey, T.; McDonald, R. A.; Hodgson, D.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Epidemiology and Infection, 2013, 141, 7, pp 1429-1436
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

Demographic buffering allows populations to persist by compensating for fluctuations in vital rates, including disease-induced mortality. Using long-term data on a badger (Meles meles Linnaeus, 1758) population naturally infected with Mycobacterium bovis, we built an integrated population model to...

Author(s)
McDonald, J. L.; Bailey, T.; Delahay, R. J.; McDonald, R. A.; Smith, G. C.; Hodgson, D. J.
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecology Letters, 2016, 19, 4, pp 443-449
Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) causes substantial economic losses to cattle farmers and taxpayers in the British Isles. Disease management in cattle is complicated by the role of the European badger (Meles meles) as a host of the infection. Proactive, non-selective culling of badgers can reduce the...

Author(s)
Smith, G. C.; Delahay, R. J.; McDonald, R. A.; Budgey, R.
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2016, 11, 11, pp e0167206
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

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

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