Bovine TB still a risk to human health

Bovine tuberculosis represents an ongoing, though small, risk to human health in the UK, researchers say in the latest issue of Thorax.

Dr Dinesh Shrikrishna and colleagues report the case of a veterinary nurse infected with bovine TB, along with her daughter and pet dog. ‘This case demonstrates that human infection with Mycobacterium bovis [bovine TB] acquired in the UK is not a disease of the past,' the researchers say.

They add: ‘The potential for airborne transmission of Mycobacterium bovis, particularly to segments of the rural population, highlights the need for vigilance and effective collaboration between clinicians, animal and public health professionals in the management of this often forgotten infection.'

Dr Dinesh Shrikrishna and his team stress, however, that their case reports should not cause undue alarm. In the UK, bovine TB infections account for under 1% of laboratory-confirmed cases of TB in people, they point out.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

NHS sign

Plans to recruit 1,000 new link workers to support GP practices this winter

NHS England has set out plans to recruit an additional 1,000 social prescribing link...

BMA House

BMA prepares to ballot junior doctors on industrial action

Junior doctors will be balloted over industrial action if the government does not...

Typing on a laptop

NHS 111 systems could be offline until next week following cyber attack

NHS 111 systems could be offline until next week following the cyber attack on a...

The NHS App in the Apple App store on a smart phone

NHS England piloting online patient registration for GP practices

A new system that will allow patients to register with a GP surgery online is being...

satisfaction scale

Which parts of England have the highest and lowest GP patient satisfaction?

Patient satisfaction with GP services varies widely between PCN and ICS areas across...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Improving menopause care

During August we’re bringing you some of the best interviews from series one of the...