Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Public health and bovine tuberculosis: what's all the fuss about?


Torgerson, P R; Torgerson, D (2010). Public health and bovine tuberculosis: what's all the fuss about? Trends in Microbiology, 18(2):67-72.

Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in UK cattle is increasing rapidly. Consequently, the UK Government is spending escalating sums of money in attempts at disease control. We propose that bTB control in cattle is irrelevant as a public health policy. In the UK, cattle-to-human transmission is negligible. Aerosol transmission, the only probable route of human acquisition, occurs at inconsequential levels when milk is pasteurised, even when bTB is highly endemic in cattle. Furthermore, there is little evidence for a positive cost benefit in terms of animal health of bTB control. Such evidence is required; otherwise, there is little justification for the large sums of public money spent on bTB control in the UK.

Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in UK cattle is increasing rapidly. Consequently, the UK Government is spending escalating sums of money in attempts at disease control. We propose that bTB control in cattle is irrelevant as a public health policy. In the UK, cattle-to-human transmission is negligible. Aerosol transmission, the only probable route of human acquisition, occurs at inconsequential levels when milk is pasteurised, even when bTB is highly endemic in cattle. Furthermore, there is little evidence for a positive cost benefit in terms of animal health of bTB control. Such evidence is required; otherwise, there is little justification for the large sums of public money spent on bTB control in the UK.

Statistics

Citations

25 citations in Web of Science®
34 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

407 downloads since deposited on 07 Mar 2011
150 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Chair in Veterinary Epidemiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:February 2010
Deposited On:07 Mar 2011 14:57
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:52
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0966-842X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2009.11.002
PubMed ID:19944609

Download

Download PDF  'Public health and bovine tuberculosis: what's all the fuss about?'.
Preview
Filetype: PDF
Size: 1MB
View at publisher
Download PDF  'Public health and bovine tuberculosis: what's all the fuss about?'.
Preview
Language: English
Filetype: PDF
Size: 207kB