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Spatial clustering of TB-infected cattle herds prior to and following proactive badger removal.
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PMID:  20950513     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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SUMMARYBovine tuberculosis (TB) is primarily a disease of cattle. In both Ireland and the UK, badgers (Meles meles) are an important wildlife reservoir of infection. This paper examined the hypothesis that TB is spatially correlated in cattle herds, established the range of correlation and the effect, if any, of proactive badger removal on this. We also re-analysed data from the Four Area Project in Ireland, a large-scale intervention study aimed at assessing the effect of proactive badger culling on bovine TB incidence in cattle herds, taking possible spatial correlation into account. We established that infected herds are spatially correlated (the scale of spatial correlation is presented), but at a scale that varies with time and in different areas. Spatial correlation persists following proactive badger removal.
Authors:
G E Kelly; S J More
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  139     ISSN:  1469-4409     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1220-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland.
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