About Bovine TB
Testing & movements
Bovine TB is a chronic, infectious and primarily respiratory disease caused by the slow-growing bacterium Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). It is mainly a disease of cattle and other bovines, but can affect a wide range of mammal species, including other farmed and domestic animals. There were a total of 22 new TB incidents in farmed non-bovine species in Great Britain in the first half of 2017 which were confirmed by culture of M. bovis (8 camelid, 2 sheep, 2 goat, 8 pig and one ‘other’ incidents).
You must immediately notify APHA if you or your vet suspect that a carcase of a non-bovine animal is infected with TB. Suspicion of TB in a live deer is also notifiable. If TB is confirmed or strongly suspected, movement restrictions will be applied and will remain in place until APHA is satisfied, through testing, that all TB infected animals have been identified and removed. Additionally, APHA will TB test any cattle present on the holding and neighbouring premises.
Farmed animal species kept as pets most often include goats, camelids, pygmy pigs and lambs. In the event any of these animals become infected with M.bovis, they will be treated as livestock and the particular method of disease management applied will depend on the species involved.