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Quantification of the Animal Tuberculosis Multi-Host Community Offers Insights for Control

Abstract : Animal tuberculosis (TB) is a multi-host zoonotic disease whose prevalence in cattle herds in Europe has been increasing, despite a huge investment in eradication. The composition of the host community is a fundamental driver of pathogen transmission, and yet this has not been formally quantified for animal TB in Europe. We quantified multi-host communities of animal TB, using stochastic models to estimate the number of infected domestic and wild hosts in three regions: officially TB-free Central–Western Europe, and two largely TB-endemic regions, the Iberian Peninsula and Britain and Ireland. We show that the estimated number of infected animals in the three regions was 290,059–1,605,612 and the numbers of infected non-bovine domestic and wild hosts always exceeded those of infected cattle, with ratios ranging from 3.3 (1.3–19.6):1 in Britain and Ireland to 84.3 (20.5–864):1 in the Iberian Peninsula. Our results illustrate for the first time the extent to which animal TB systems in some regions of Europe are dominated by non-bovine domestic and wild species. These findings highlight the need to adapt current strategies for effective future control of the disease.
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Nuno Santos, Céline Richomme, Telmo Nunes, Joaquín Vicente, Paulo Alves, et al.. Quantification of the Animal Tuberculosis Multi-Host Community Offers Insights for Control. Pathogens, MDPI, 2020, 9 (6), pp.421. ⟨10.3390/pathogens9060421⟩. ⟨anses-03294529⟩



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