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Bovine Tuberculosis

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson Liberal Democrat, North Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine tuberculosis have been recorded in camelids in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency provides DEFRA with data on the number of cases of camelids it has examined for TB each quarter and the number positive for M. bovis on culture. Cumulative figures are published in the statistics section of DEFRA's website.

The numbers of cases reported in the last 12 months have been:

October-December 2010 January-March 2011 April-June 2011 July-September 2011
Cases examined        
Alpacas 12 17 35 40
Llamas 1 1 1 1
Numbers positive for M. bovis        
Alpacas 2 4 3 0
Llamas 0 0 0 0

All data provided for 2011 are provisional and subject to change as more becomes available.

The figures represent submissions of individual animals rather than premises (i.e. several submissions may be from the same premises) and are made up of a combination of voluntary submissions from a range of farms and also multiple submissions from a small number of TB-restricted herds undergoing repeat TB testing and compulsory slaughter of TB test reactor animals (i.e. which have given a test result consistent with being infected with bovine TB) and non-reactor (“direct contact”) animals.

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