Policy Biomedicine

Badgers and Bovine TB: Conflicts Between Conservation and Health

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Science  06 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5352, pp. 817-818
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5352.817

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The incidence of bovine TB, a potential threat to human health and the livelihood of farmers, is rising in parts of Britain. The disease is thought to be transmitted to cattle by badgers, a protected wildlife species. A recently published review suggests that the British Government should adopt a more scientific approach tan in the past to evaluating control strategies.