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Spatial relationships between Eurasian badgers (Meles meles) and cattle infected with Mycobacterium bovis in Northern Spain

Balseiro, A, González-Quirós, P, Rodríguez, O, Francisca Copano, M, Merediz, I, de Juan, L, Chambers, MA, Delahay, RJ, Marreros, N, Royo, LJ , Bezos, J, Prieto, JM and Gortázar, C (2013) Spatial relationships between Eurasian badgers (Meles meles) and cattle infected with Mycobacterium bovis in Northern Spain Vet J.

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Abstract

Recent studies suggest that badgers may be a potential reservoir of Mycobacterium bovis infection for cattle in Northern Spain. The objective of this study was to investigate potential epidemiological links between cattle and badgers. Culture and molecular typing data were available for cattle culled during the national tuberculosis (TB) eradication campaigns between 2008 and 2012, as well as from 171 necropsied badgers and 60 live animals trapped and examined over the same time period. Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains were isolated from pooled tissues of 14 (8.2%) necropsied badgers, of which 11 were identified as M. bovis: six different spoligotypes of M. bovis were subsequently identified. In two geographical locations where these isolates were shared between cattle and badgers, infected cattle herds and badgers lived in close contact. Although it remains unclear if badgers are a maintenance or spill-over host of M. bovis in this setting, it would appear prudent to have precautionary measures in place to reduce contact between cattle and badgers.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Balseiro, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
González-Quirós, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rodríguez, OUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Francisca Copano, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Merediz, IUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
de Juan, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chambers, MAm.chambers@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Delahay, RJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Marreros, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Royo, LJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bezos, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Prieto, JMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gortázar, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2013
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.03.017
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:02
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/826155

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