Lectures and seminars Seminar: Can people contract bovine TB from badgers?
The presentation will highlight how badgers transmit bovine TB to cattle, what is the potential fret to people and what is currently being done to try and eradicate the disease in the badger population.
"Can people contract bovine TB from badgers?"
Tamara Dolenšek, DVM, PhD student
Veterinary Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Host: Raoul Kuiper, Clinical Research Center
Many member states of the EU, including Sweden since 1995, have ''officially tuberculosis free'' cattle herds. But that is not the case in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, where 5-6% of cattle herds tested positive in 2009 and the percentage is still rising in the UK. In 2015 about 36,000 infected cattle were slaughtered and cost the taxpayers about £100m.
It is still unclear why the UK and Ireland cannot eradicate bTB but it is postulated that the badger being a wildlife reservoir is an important factor.