Skin testing and Gamma testing factsheets now online
The primary test used for bovine TB in cattle in the UK is the tuberculin skin test or SICCT (single intradermal comparative cervical tuberculin test). In recent years there has also been an increase in the use of the interferon gamma or blood test. No test is perfect and it is important that people understand the pros/cons and limitations of the tests used to control TB in cattle. To try and explain the tests and dispel a few common myths i have created two new fact sheets in collaboration with the TB advisory service, APHA and with input from experts in the field of cattle testing.