Picture of virus under microscope

Research under the microscope...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs.

Strathprints serves world leading Open Access research by the University of Strathclyde, including research by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS), where research centres such as the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit, SeaBioTech and the Centre for Biophotonics are based.

Explore SIPBS research

Simple model for tuberculosis in cattle and badgers

Cox, D.R. and Donnelly, C.A. and Bourne, F.J. and Gettinby, G. and McInerney, J.P. and Morrison, W.I. and Woodroffe, R. (2005) Simple model for tuberculosis in cattle and badgers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102 (49). pp. 17588-17593. ISSN 0027-8424

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

As an aid to the study of bovine tuberculosis (TB), a simple model has been developed of an epidemic involving two species, cattle and badgers. Each species may infect the other. The proportion of animals affected is assumed relatively small so that the usual nonlinear aspects of epidemic theory are avoided. The model is used to study the long-run and transient effect on cattle of culling badgers and the effect of a period without routine testing for TB, such as occurred during the 2001 epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease in Great Britain. Finally, by examining the changes in cattle TB over the last 15 years, and with some other working assumptions, it is estimated that the net reproduction number of the epidemic is ≈1.1. The implications for controlling the disease are discussed.