Incidence of TB in Cattle

UK - The latest figures for the incidence of TB in cattle in the UK shows that the number of cases are rising.
calendar icon 19 March 2008
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According to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Afairs, the provisional figures for December last year are higher than December 2006.

However, Defra says that care needs to be taken not to read too much into a single month's figure, especially as this figure includes a high number of unclassified incidents.

The department says that the statistics need to be revised as more tests and their results appear.

The provisional statistics show an 18 per cent increase in the number of new TB incidents in January - December 2007 compared to January - December 2006.

Combined with an increase in the number of herds tested over the same period, this is equivalent to a provisional overall increase in the TB incidence rate (new TB incidents, as a proportion of tests on unrestricted herds) of 19 per cent.

The average confirmed incidence rate (confirmed new TB incidents, as a proportion of tests on unrestricted herds) was 3.9 per cent for January - December 2007, compared to 3.6 per cent for the same period in 2006.

Defra said that the data presented for more recent months are provisional and shown in the table as a range reflecting the estimation required for test results still outstanding at the time of compilation.

Chart 1 shows TB incidence for the more recent data.
Chart 2 shows the long-term trend for TB incidence.

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