Direction of Association between Bite Wounds and Mycobacterium bovis Infection in Badgers: Implications for Transmission.
OPEN PloS one | 2 Oct 2012
HE Jenkins, DR Cox and RJ Delahay
Badgers are involved in the transmission to cattle of bovine tuberculosis (TB), a serious problem for the UK farming industry. Cross-sectional studies have shown an association between bite wounds and TB infection in badgers which may have implications for M. bovis transmission and control, although the sequence of these two events is unclear. Transmission during aggressive encounters could potentially reduce the effectiveness of policies which increase the average range of a badger and thus its opportunities for interaction with other social groups.
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