Can bovine TB be eradicated from the Republic of Ireland? Could this be achieved by 2030?

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dc.contributor.authorMore, Simon John- the Authorsen_US
dc.identifier.citationIrish Veterinary Journalen_US
dc.description.abstractBackground :There has been an ongoing decline in bovine tuberculosis (TB) in the Republic of Ireland, however, TB has yet to be eradicated. Further to a recent commitment by the Irish government to eradicate TB by 2030, this paper considers two questions, ‘Can bovine TB be eradicated from the Republic of Ireland?’ and ‘Could this be achieved by 2030?’, given current knowledge from research. Main body of the abstract: Until very recently, Ireland has lacked key tools required for eradication. This gap has substantially been filled with the national roll-out of badger vaccination. Nonetheless, there is robust evidence, drawn from general national research, international experiences, and results of a recent modelling study, to suggest that all current strategies plus badger vaccination will not be sufficient to successfully eradicate TB from Ireland by 2030. We face a critical decision point in the programme, specifically the scope and intensity of control measures from this point forward. Adequate information is available, both from research and international experience, to indicate that these additional measures should broadly focus on adequately addressing TB risks from wildlife, implementing additional risk-based cattle controls, and enhancing industry engagement. These three areas are considered in some detail. Conclusion: Based on current knowledge, it will not be possible to eradicate TB by 2030 with current control strategies plus national badger vaccination. Additional measures will be needed if Ireland is to eradicate TB within a reasonable time frame. Decisions made now will have long-term implications both in terms of time-to-eradication and cumulative programme costs.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marineen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_US
dc.rightsThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.en_US
dc.subjectBovine tuberculosisen_US
dc.subjectWildlife risksen_US
dc.subjectRisk-based cattle controlsen_US
dc.subjectIndustry engagementen_US
dc.titleCan bovine TB be eradicated from the Republic of Ireland? Could this be achieved by 2030?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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