Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a chronic, infectious and primarily respiratory disease caused by the slow-growing bacterium Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). It is mainly a disease of cattle and other bovines, but can affect a wide range of mammal species.
Bovine TB is a zoonotic disease, which means that it can be naturally transmitted from animals to humans under certain conditions. Since the pasteurisation of milk and with a long standing and compulsory bovine TB control plan this is now very rare in the UK, although human TB caused by M. bovis can be a significant problem in developing countries.
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Remember: It is illegal to knowingly sell or move an animal that has tested positive for bTB to an Officially TB Free (OTF) herd. However, no test is 100% accurate and a negative test does not guarantee that an animal is free from the disease. CHeCS Herd Accreditation can help you communicate the genuine risk presented by or to your herd and make informed purchasing choices, but it does not eliminate that risk.
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