22 Jul '11, 8pm

UK Badgers in Danger | Care2 Causes

UK Badgers in Danger | Care2 Causes

A battle against badgers has been going on in the UK for some time now. The problem: tuberculosis in cattle. One of the answers being discussed is to cull badgers. The reason? Badgers are known to spread bovine tuberculosis to cattle herds. About Bovine Tuberculosis Bovine tuberculosis causes respiratory disease in both cattle and humans. It is spread to humans through infected unpasteurized milk or inhaling the bacteria at slaughter. The incubation period ranges from months to years, depending on each animal’s individual immune system. Infection is chronic and once detected the animal is killed to prevent infection of the herd. Once infection is established in a herd, the disease spreads through aerosolized droplets or ingestion of feed infected by the saliva of a TB positive animal. This is a serious public health issue worldwide , though it is more prevalent in developi...

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