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Understanding factors affecting the number of badgers captured at and around badger setts (burrows) is of considerable applied importance. These factors could be used to estimate probable badger densities for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) control and also for monitoring badger populations from a...

Author(s)
Byrne, A. W.; O'Keeffe, J.; Sleeman, D. P.; Davenport, J.; Martin, S. W.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2013, 109, 1/2, pp 128-135
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

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
Abstract

The control of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle herds in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) is partially hindered by spill-back infection from wild badgers (Meles meles). The aim of this study was to determine the relative effects of interventions (combinations of culling and/or vaccination) on bTB...

Author(s)
Abdou, M.; Frankena, K.; O'Keeffe, J.; Byrne, A. W.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2016, 125, pp 19-30
Abstract

Even when spatially explicit models are published in accessible international journals, they are rarely reused by the scientific community. This is unfortunate, as these models contain useful information to develop further research and to support decision-making policies. In the absence of a major...

Author(s)
Acevedo, P.; González-Quirós, P.; Prieto, J. M.; Etherington, T. R.; Gortázar, C.; Balseiro, A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecological Modelling, 2014, 275, pp 1-8
Abstract

The badger (Meles meles) is an important wildlife host for bovine tuberculosis (bTB), and is a reservoir of infection to cattle. Reliable indicators of badger abundance at large spatial scales are important for informing epidemiological investigation. Thus, we aimed to estimate badger social group...

Author(s)
Byrne, A. W.; Acevedo, P.; Green, S.; O'Keeffe, J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecological Indicators, 2014, 43, pp 94-102
Abstract

Background: The persistence of bovine TB (bTB) in various countries throughout the world is enhanced by the existence of wildlife hosts for the infection. In Britain and Ireland, the principal wildlife host for bTB is the badger (Meles meles). The objective of our study was to examine the dynamics...

Author(s)
Hardstaff, J. L.; Bulling, M. T.; Marion, G.; Hutchings, M. R.; White, P. C. L.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
BMC Veterinary Research, 2012, 8, 92, pp (27 June 2012)
Abstract

Heterogeneities in behaviours of individuals may underpin important processes in evolutionary biology and ecology, including the spread of disease. Modelling approaches can sometimes fail to predict disease spread, which may partly be due to the number of unknown sources of variation in host...

Author(s)
Weber, N.; Bearhop, S.; Dall, S. R. X.; Delahay, R. J.; McDonald, R. A.; Carter, S. P.
Publisher
Springer Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany
Citation
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 2013, 67, 3, pp 471-479

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