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Incidence of TB in UK Cattle

23 January 2009

UK - The provisional October 2008 estimate see a drop in incidence rate by comparison with last year.

As such the incidence rates are subject to further revisions as more tests and their results are input, says the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

The provisional October 2008 estimate lies below the incidence rate for October 2007. However, 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. As such the incidence rates are subject to further revisions as more tests and their results are input.

Provisional statistics show a 22 per cent increase in the number of new TB incidents in January - October 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. Combined with a decrease in the number of herds tested over the same period, this equates to a provisional overall increase in the TB incidence rate (new TB incidents, as a proportion of tests on unrestricted herds) of 24 per cent.

The provisional average confirmed incidence rate (confirmed new TB incidents, as a proportion of tests on unrestricted herds) was 5.0 per cent for January - October 2008, compared to 4.0 per cent for the same period in 2007.

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