Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. It is one of the world's most serious animal health problems and, in many parts of the developing world, still a major killer.
Find out the top ten things you need to know about bovine TB and how to prevent it. Learn about the TBfree New Zealand programme and how you can play a part in the eradication of bovine tuberculosis.
What is bovine TB? How is it spread? What are the health risks? What is the financial cost? This section contains everything you need to know about how bovine TB can affect you, your community and New Zealand's economy.
TB-infected wild animals (mainly possums) are present across around 40 per cent of New Zealand, and responsible for up to 70 per cent of new herd infections in high-risk areas.
Bovine TB is a global problem, but many developed countries have been able to reduce or limit the incidence of the disease by testing and culling stock. However, in large parts of the developed world TB is still a major threat to human and animal health.
Dr Paul Livingstone is the TB Eradication and Research Manager for the TBfree New Zealand programme. He has vast experience and expertise in all TB-related fields. In 2011, Paul was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for services to veterinary science, particularly for work on bovine TB.