Badger cull 'low priority' for TB

UK - Culling badgers should be a low priority for curbing cattle tuberculosis, according to a scientist advising the British government.
calendar icon 2 October 2006
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New research by Dr Rosie Woodroffe and colleagues shows that culling raises the rate of TB infection in badgers.

It also demonstrates that cattle infect badgers with the bacterium.

Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team suggests cattle testing and movement controls are a priority.

"This research has two important conclusions," said Dr Woodroffe, a researcher at the University of California in Davis and a member of the UK government's Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB.


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