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Badger baiting – the truth about badgers and bovine tuberculosis

We could probably control bTB using a combination of vaccination and better testing methods. If we wanted to. Continue reading

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The Developing Story of Bat White-nose Syndrome

The fungi are angry. First it was the frogs, then it was the bats. Are humans next?   Fungal Disease and the Developing Story of Bat White-nose Syndrome. (2012) PLoS Pathog 8(7): e1002779. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002779 Two recently emerged cutaneous fungal diseases … Continue reading

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Still blaming the badgers?

Badgers can carry bovine tuberculosis, but does killing them make the situation better or worse? Continue reading

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Deer excrete infectious prions in faeces

Prions are transmissible, proteinaceous agents that cause fatal neurodegenerative diseases. In deer elk moose prions cause chronic wasting disease (CWD). The incidence of CWD can be remarkably high both in captive and wild herds and epidemiological data suggest that efficient … Continue reading

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