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Noel Smith

+44 (0)1273 873502

JMS, 5B25


Veterinary Laboratories Agency Weybridge, Surrey KT15 3NB, UK

Molecular 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.

Bovine tuberculosis 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.

All culture 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.









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