Lessons learned during the successful eradication of bovine tuberculosis from Australia

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Title: Lessons learned during the successful eradication of bovine tuberculosis from Australia
Authors: More, Simon John
Radunz, B.
Glanville, R. J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7788
Date: 5-Oct-2015
Abstract: There are very few international examples of the successful eradication of bovine tuberculosis (TB, caused by infection with¬†Mycobacterium bovis) from a national cattle population. This paper presents a brief overview of the successful TB eradication programme in Australia from 1970, with primary emphasis on lessons of international relevance that were learned from the Australian experience. The national brucellosis and tuberculosis eradication campaign ran for 27 years from 1970 to 1997 and has been followed by ongoing abattoir surveillance. Rapid progress towards eradication was made in southern Australia, but proved much more challenging in extensive pastoral areas of northern Australia. Declaration of TB freedom was made on December 31, 1997. A range of factors were critical to this success, including a compelling rationale for eradication, an agreed final outcome, industry commitment and financial support, a business model for programme planning, implementation and review, consistent and transparent technical standards underpinned by a strict regulatory regime and applied research, the critical role of abattoir surveillance, effective elimination of residual infection and objective measures of programme progress. Although direct translation of some of these experiences may not be possible, many of the lessons learned from the Australian experience may be relevant to other countries.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Copyright (published version): 2015 the Authors
Keywords: Bovine tuberculosisAustralia
DOI: 10.1136/vr.103163
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Veterinary Medicine Research Collection
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