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Incidence of TB in UK Cattle - March 2009

20 March 2009

The provisional December 2008 estimate lies below the incidence rate for December 2007.

Provisional statistics show a 19 per cent increase in the number of new TB incidents in January - December 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.

However, according to Defra, combined with a decrease in the number of herds tested over the same period, this equates to a provisional overall increase in the TB incidence rate (new TB incidents, as a proportion of tests on unrestricted herds) of 19 per cent.

The provisional average confirmed incidence rate (confirmed new TB incidents, as a proportion of tests on unrestricted herds) was 4.9 per cent for January - December 2008, compared to 4.1 per cent for the same period in 2007.

Chart 1 below shows the TB incidence rate since 2003.

Percentage of tests on unrestricted herds resulting in a confirmed new incident (from 2003)

Chart 2 below shows the long-term trend for the TB incidence rate.

Percentage of tests on unrestricted herds resulting in a confirmed new incident

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Bovine Tuberculosis by clicking here.
More information - You can view the full report by clicking here.

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