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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of animals which have been infected with M. bovis in each year since 1997, broken down by species; and if he will make a statement. (228139)

The number of cattle slaughtered as a result of bovine TB control measures in each year in England since 1997 are shown in the following table:

Number of cattle slaughtered under bovine TB control measures

1997

3,123

1998

5,027

1999

5,580

2000

7,190

2001

4,438

2002

18,443

2003

17,551

2004

17,306

2005

23,135

2006

16,007

2007

19,794

Note:

All data provided are provisional and subject to change as more data become available.

Source:

Animal Health Database (Vetnet). 2005-07 data extracted on 18 March 2008; 1998-2004 data extracted on 7 March 2006, and 1997 data extracted on 5 March 2007.

In addition there have been a small number of cases of where Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) has been identified in non-bovine species. The identification of M. bovis in tissues and clinical samples from all mammals (excepting man) and the detection of suspect TB lesions in farmed and companion mammals (other than cattle and farmed deer), became notifiable only in February 2006.

DEFRA can only provide data on the number of M. bovis isolations from notified suspect clinical and post-mortem cases of TB arising in some non-bovine species. The relevant data for non-bovine species in England are given in the following table:

Species

Total number

1997

n/a

0

1998

Deer

8

Domestic cat

2

1999

Deer

9

2000

Deer

8

Domestic cat

3

2001

Deer

1

2002

Deer

7

Domestic cat

2

Dog

1

Domestic pig

1

Sheep

1

2003

Domestic pig

8

Alpaca

2

Llama

1

2004

Domestic cat

6

Dog

1

Domestic pig

1

Alpaca

1

Sheep

3

2005

Deer

1

Domestic cat

11

Domestic pig

12

Llama

1

Sheep

2

Ferret

3

2006

Deer

5

Domestic cat

13

Domestic pig

1

Farmed wild boar

2

Alpaca

1

Llama

8

2007

Deer

1

Domestic cat

14

Domestic pig

5

Goat

2

Alpaca

2

Llama

5

Source:

Veterinary Laboratories Agency TB Culture database