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Bovine TB outbreak in Welsh goats

22 July 2008 - BBC News

Cases of bovine TB have been found in goats in Carmarthenshire. The Welsh Assembly Government confirmed the outbreak and said it knew of a similar case in England which is understood to be linked. The disease in goats is "unusual", and animal health officials are checking to see if it has spread to other herds.

... An assembly government spokeswoman said: "We are aware of an outbreak of bovine TB in goats in England and Wales that includes a case in Carmarthenshire."

Defra's executive agency Animal Health are responsible for management of the outbreak, as well as possible tracings to other herds.

... The GVS on its website said the disease was first found following a post mortem examination of a goat in Wales a few weeks ago. "The herd in question was in the process of being sold up due to retirement at the time the discovery was made," writes the society's secretary Nick Clayton to members. "And many of the goats from that herd went to two other herds, from both of which stock had been sold on quite widely."

... The majority of goat milk producers pasteurise their milk.

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