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Performance of an environmental test to detect Mycobacterium bovis infection in badger social groups

By Orin Courtenay, L. A. Reilly, Matthew James Keeling, F. P. Sweeney, E. M. H. Wellington, David W. Macdonald, Richard J. Delahay, G. J. Wilson and C. L. Cheeseman


A study by Courtenay and others (2006) demonstrated that\ud the probability of detecting Mycobacterium bovis by PCR in\ud soil samples from the spoil heaps of main badger setts correlated\ud with the prevalence of excretion (infectiousness) of\ud captured badgers belonging to the social group. It has been\ud proposed that such a test could be used to target badger culling\ud to setts containing infectious animals (Anon 2007). This\ud short communication discusses the issues surrounding this\ud concept, with the intention of dispelling any misconceptions\ud among relevant stakeholders (farmers, policy makers and\ud conservationists)

Topics: QL, QR
Publisher: BMJ Group
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:4413

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