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Vet Microbiol. 2006 Feb 25;112(2-4):211-9. Epub 2005 Dec 5.

Advances in understanding disease epidemiology and implications for control and eradication of tuberculosis in livestock: the experience from New Zealand.

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  • 1New Zealand Food Safety Authority, 30 Malcolm Street, Hamilton, New Zealand.


A deteriorating tuberculosis problem in cattle and deer in New Zealand has been halted and then reversed over the last decade. Mycobacterium bovis infection in both wild and domestic animal populations has been controlled. This has been achieved by applying a multi-faceted science-based programme. Key features of this have been a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology of tuberculosis in animals, confidence in sampling wild animal populations, effective application of diagnostic tests in cattle and deer, and the ability to map M. bovis genotypes.

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