This year, World TB Day commemorates the 135th anniversary of Dr Robert Koch's discovery of the TB bacillus, the cause of tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis is a term applied to diseases caused by mycobacterium which includes Mycobacteria tuberculosis and Mycobacteria bovis.
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is one of UK's most complex animal health issues due to it's increasing prevalence in cattle herds and other non-bovine species, particularly badgers.
Advice and guidance
- How to deal with TB in non-bovine animals - Defra guidance for England, guidance for Scotland, and guidance for Wales [accessed 15/3/2017]
- Bovine tuberculosis (TB) in domestic pets - advice to owners of cats and dogs with suspected or confirmed bovine TB infection. Guidance from Public Health England, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Public Health Wales, Health Protection Scotland, and NHS National Services Scotland [accessed 15/3/2017]
- HAIRS risk assessment: Mycobacterium bovis in cats. Qualitative assessment of the risk that cats infected with Mycobacterium bovis present to human health [acessed 15/3/2017]
- Bovine TB confirmed in foxhounds - It has been reported that bovine TB is confirmed in foxhounds at a hunt in Buckinghamshire. APHA is investigating to confirm the source of this infection.
- Harris, K.A. et al. (2017) Bovine TB infectious status in cattle in Great Britain in 2015. Veterinary Record, 180(7), pp. 170-175
- Payne, A. et al. (2017) Wildlife interactions on baited places and waterholes in a french area infected with bovine tuberculosis. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 3:122 [open access, accessed 15/3/2017]
- Busch, F. et al. (2017) Control of bovine tuberculosis in a farmed red deer herd in England. Veterinary Record, 180(3), p. 68, 5p [open access, access 15/3/2017]
- O'Brien, C. (2016) Feline mycobacterial infections:clinical signs, treatments and risks. Feline Focus: the ISFM Journal for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians. Vol. 2(8), pp. 215-221 [free access, accessed 15/3/2017]
- Smith, G.C. et al. (2016) Model of selective and non-selective management of badgers (Meles meles) to control bovine tuberculosis in badgers and cattle. PLoS ONE, 11(11):e0167206 [open access, accessed 15/3/2017]
- Robertson, A. et al. (2016) Behaviour of European badgers and non-target species towards candidate baits for oral delivery of a tuberculosis vaccine. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 35, pp. 95-101
- Gunn-Moore, D. et al. (2011) Mycobacterial disease in cats in Great Britain: I. Culture results, geographical distribution and clinical presentation of 339 cases. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 13, 934-944 [article available via icatcare.org, accessed 15/3/2017]
References of interest
- A selection of references on feline TB [PDF 338 KB]
- A selection of references on avian TB [PDF 320 KB]
- A selection of references on the transmission of bovine TB between badgers and cattle [PDF 482 KB]
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