United Kingdom - Bovine TB found in wild boar for first time in UK

Scientists have found bovine TB in a feral wild boar for the first time in the UK. The discovery may raise fears among farmers that boars, along with badgers, could be contributing to bovine TB in cattle – but the researchers say the porcine species poses a low risk of spreading the disease to livestock or humans.
Wednesday 26 May 2010 (8 years 3 months 25 days ago)
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Scientists have found bovine TB in a feral wild boar for the first time in the UK. The discovery may raise fears among farmers that boars, along with badgers, could be contributing to bovine TB in cattle – but the researchers say the porcine species poses a low risk of spreading the disease to livestock or humans.

Tests on a 60kg female boar believed to be 7-9 months old revealed tissue lesions consistent with the disease.

The wild boar joins the growing list of wildlife hosts for TB. The threat from badgers is now judged so great that the new coalition government is preparing for England to follow Wales in culling the animals, despite conflicting scientific advice on whether the measure would be effective.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/21/bovine-tb-found-in-wild-boar

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