Skin testing

The main screening test for TB in cattle in Great Britain is the single intradermal comparative cervical tuberculin test (SICCT). This is commonly known as the tuberculin skin test, which is used throughout the world in its various formats to screen cattle, other animals and people for TB. It’s the internationally accepted standard for detecting Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) infection in live animals. Rather than detect the bacterium itself, tests for bovine TB in live animals generally detect and measure the animal’s immune response to the bacterium.

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Tuberculin skin test fact sheet

A summary of the key points about the tuberculin skin test used to detect TB in cattle.

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Inconclusive reactor (IR) fact sheet

A summary of the key points about inconclusive reactors - what they are and what action is taken.

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Six-monthly testing in the High Risk Area

Rollout of six-monthly surveillance TB testing of cattle herds in Shropshire and Staffordshire from April 2020.

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Post-movement testing in the Low Risk Area

Information about statutory post-movement testing of cattle in the Low Risk Area of England.

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Veterinary delivery partners

Veterinary delivery partners carry out TB testing of cattle and non-bovine farm animals in England and Wales.

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In-depth information about the skin test

A comprehensive guide with all you need to know about the tuberculin skin test.

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Policy on resolved IRs in England

A comprehensive guide about restriction of resolved inconclusive reactors for life in England.

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Approved Tuberculin Testers in England

Use of ATTs for TB skin testing of cattle is being extended to private veterinary practices in England.

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Radial testing in the Low Risk Area

A comprehensive guide on radial testing around TB breakdowns in the Low Risk Area of England.

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Penalties for overdue testing

Find out about penalties for cattle keepers that are late in completing their TB test.

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Interpretation of the skin test in Great Britain

Information about the different interpretations of the skin test in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Surveillance TB testing areas in Great Britain

Information about the frequency of surveillance TB testing in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Pre-movement TB testing in Great Britain

Information about statutory pre-movement testing of cattle in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Radial testing in the Edge Area

A comprehensive guide on radial testing around TB breakdowns in the Edge Area of England.

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Pre-sale check test for four-yearly testing herds

Voluntary government-funded pre-sale check tests for four-yearly testing herds in England.

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