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TB update

Dear Stakeholder.

We have published a series of documents on bovine tuberculosis (bTB) disease control.

Summary of 2019 badger control operations 

Summary includes:

  • NE Chief Scientist’s advice on outcome of ops, including effectiveness, humaneness and safety.
  • CVO’s advice on disease control benefits (including Area 32 – Cumbria).
  • Updating min/max numbers. 
  • Data from cull areas. 

The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-summary-of-badger-control-monitoring-during-2019

Summary of 2019 supplementary badger control operations 

Summary includes:

  • NE Chief Scientist’s advice on outcome of ops, including effectiveness, humaneness and safety.
  • CVO’s advice on disease control benefits.
  • Data from cull areas. 

The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-summary-of-badger-control-monitoring-during-2019

LRA Epidemiology Reports 2019 

  • Descriptive reports on the epidemiology of bTB in the Low Risk (LRA). 

 The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-epidemiology-reports-2019

 TB Surveillance in east Cumbria 

 Report on the monitoring of the culled badger populations for TB – prevalence and whole genome sequencing. 

The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-surveillance-in-wildlife-in-england

Summary of 2019 badger vaccination operations 

  • Data on vaccination undertaken in each county.

 The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-summary-of-badger-control-monitoring-during-2019

Six-monthly testing in Shropshire and Staffordshire

Last week we advised stakeholders that the roll out of six-monthly surveillance testing of cattle herds in Shropshire and Staffordshire from April 2020 would be kept under review in light of the developing COVID-19 situation.  To ease the burden on official veterinarians and cattle keepers we will defer roll-out until the current situation improves to the point where we have confidence that the changes are deliverable and not unduly burdensome. 

Information on TB testing during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the TB Hub at:

https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Thank you.

Defra Bovine TB Programme.

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