Local cattle and badger populations affect the risk of confirmed tuberculosis in British cattle herds

Flavie Vial, W Thomas Johnston, Christl A Donnelly

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The control of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) remains a priority on the public health agenda in Great Britain, after launching in 1998 the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of badger (Meles meles) culling as a control strategy. Our study complements previous analyses of the RBCT data (focusing on treatment effects) by presenting analyses of herd-level risks factors associated with the probability of a confirmed bTB breakdown in herds within each treatment: repeated widespread proactive culling, localized reactive culling and no culling (survey-only).
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere18058
Pages (from-to)e18058
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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