World TB Day - 24 March

World TB Day

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

  • 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]


Recent publications


References of interest


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