TB in other livestock and domestic animals
Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) causes bovine TB in cattle and it can also infect badgers and a range of other wildlife (addressed in another fact sheet). But what about other livestock like sheep or pigs? Or domestic animals like dogs and cats? Can they also be infected? And if they can, is there a risk to cattle or wildlife?
To address these questions I have produced a fact sheet with input from veterinary experts from APHA. This can be downloaded by clicking the image below, or by going to the TB fact sheet page of this website.
In addition to this factsheet there are a number of other great information sources if you are interested in TB in other livestock or domestic animals.
Firstly the non-bovines section of the TBhub has really useful information and links to government advice.
The role of non-bovines is also discussed in length in the recent Godfray report (2018). See chapter 7 on page 80. Within this section there are also figures quoted of the numbers of other livestock found infected with M. bovis each year. As you can see below, the numbers are generally very low. To download spreadsheets containing these data go to the gov website here.
For a more in depth review of the subject there is a two part review by (Broughan et al. 2013). Part one reviews evidence/epidemiology of TB in other species. Part two then covers the different tests for TB available for non-bovines.
Broughan, J.M., Downs, S.H., Crawshaw, T.R., Upton, P.A., Brewer, J. & Clifton-Hadley, R.S. (2013) Mycobacterium bovis infections in domesticated non-bovine mammalian species. Part 1: Review of epidemiology and laboratory submissions in Great Britain 2004–2010. The Veterinary Journal, 198, 339-345.
Broughan, J.M., Crawshaw, T.R., Downs, S.H., Brewer, J. & Clifton-Hadley, R.S. (2013) Mycobacterium bovis infections in domesticated non-bovine mammalian species. Part 2: A review of diagnostic methods. The Veterinary Journal, 198, 346-351.
If you are interested, but cannot access these papers then feel free to contact me and I will be happy to send them to you.