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Vet Rec. 2008 Sep 20;163(12):357-61.

Outbreak of bovine tuberculosis featuring anergy to the skin test, udder lesions and milkborne disease in young calves.

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  • 1Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Kendal Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4HD.


A severe outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in a 1300-head, multisite dairy herd in Great Britain had several unusual features, including anergy to the tuberculin skin test, milkborne disease in calves and a farm cat, and a risk of human infection. The outbreak was controlled by culling 221 cattle over 15 months, by using the gamma-interferon (gamma-IFN) test and by the examination of milk samples. The gamma-IFN test detected infected animals that were not detected by the skin test.

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