Second positive TB case in Cumbria

CATTLE on a farm neighbouring the site in Cumbria where 100 animals were slaughtered after testing positive for bovine TB have also tested positive for the disease.

Animal Health announced the creation of an ‘enhanced surveillance zone’ near to Penrith (covering a three kilometre area near to junction 41 of the M6) on Thursday June 9.

Testing initiated by Animal Health immediately following the TB breakdown found no spread of the disease to neighbouring premises. However, since then, another animal on a neighbouring farm has tested positive.

Animal Health is undertaking further testing and tracing work to find out if this incidence is related to the original TB case, but it will be several weeks before the results are known.

Although this is a significant development, it does not change anything for those farmers who are within the ‘enhanced surveillance zone’ and work will continue to find the cause of the initial outbreak.

NFU Cumbria County chairman, Robert Craig, said: “My thoughts are with the farmer and his family as they come to terms with dealing with a breakdown of TB on their farm. It again demonstrates that farmers in the whole of the county need to remain vigilant if we are to stop the disease becoming established in the county. In the meantime, the NFU will continue to liaise closely with Animal Health on the current situation within the Penrith enhanced surveillance zone.”

Readers' comments (13)

  • It will continue to spread Insidiously Northward and Westward until the correct action is taken. . These bacteria are not at all politically correct.

    "An ‘enhanced surveillance zone’."

    What with CCTV Cameras?! . . You couldn't make it up!!!

    http://www.alpacatb.org/

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  • Saddly Charles I have to agree.

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  • ive said it before and Ill say it again.Like the tolpuddle martyrs and the suffagettes ,its time to take the law into our hands to get rid of a stupid law and make our so-called masters accountable. If you have tb on your farm,shoot every badger you see. As my canadian friend says we need to adopt their ' 3 B's' attitude to wolves - blast it, bury it and belt up.

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  • Sad news,my thoughts are with the affected farms.Lets hope it can be controlled.

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  • Charles you fibbed to me when I asked how they were going to work out where it came from & were there different strains & did the disease leave a post it note to tell us were it was going you told me they would trace it back well were the hell did this lot come from..... badgers I bet

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  • Hi Mike, I can't remember what Charles said but I've said all along you might never know where it came from, but brace yourself I smell a wiff of scape goat in the air. I'd put money of animal health trying to pin this on the new farmer. Poor so and so, no one will care that this cow has only just turned up, no one will care if there is no evidence to support it, if this farm has brought in any cattle in the last 12 months, they will blame them!

    Let's face it, everything is the fault of farmers, somewhere!

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  • @mechanical mike

    You'll find they can always identify the strain once they have a 'dead body' with lesions Mike. ."There are none so blind as those who cannot see." (And won't ever look in the right place.) . The strain will almost certainly be one that has migrated from the South or S.West one way or the other. . They didn't ever test the road-kill badgers and deer in the S.West. . They were just collected and incinerated. (From the horse's mouth) . They have just been destroying any embarrassing evidence.

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  • Yes I agree, but knowing which orriginal strain it came from and showing how it jumped north, may never be proved, unless there is clear evidence that a cow was transported from farm a with the disease to farm b and if they had that they would have told us weeks ago!

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  • @ Charles Henry
    Correction - There are none so blind as them as don't want to see.

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  • What if - an animal rescue released some badgers back into the wild. Said badgers came from an infected area and are treated for whatever is wrong with them and then released into a clean area. Its a thought.

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