epidemiology and evolution of bovine TB
The UK, as well
as the Republic of Ireland, suffers an epidemic of bovine tuberculosis
in its cattle. Most other European countries have managed to control
the disease and DEFRA has a commitment to understanding and reducing
the burden of this disease.
is very closely related to human tuberculosis and, before the wide
scale introduction of milk pasteurisation, caused much disease in
humans. The current test and cull procedure applied to most cattle
in the UK costs over £75 million pounds a year.
samples of bovine TB, currently running at 8000 a year, are subjected
to several molecular epidemiological tests. It is my job to make
sense of this data in collaboration with other members of the CSE.