Defra offers reassurance over TB research study

1 January 2012

Defra has published an open letter, explaining how it intends to move forward following the conclusion of its research into the effectiveness of blood tests to detect TB in camelids.

It acknowledges that some members of the camelid community may be “confused and anxious” about the facts behind this important research and seeks to offer reassurance by clarifying the current position.

Defra says that it will use a combination of the blood tests to aid in the rapid identification of camelids that are highly likely to have TB in situations where a herd has had a proven case of TB (proven by post mortem and tissue culture).

In addition, it is proposing that the private testing of camelids using the blood tests (prior to movement or export) could be authorised in the future and once agreed with the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales.

The research, which was sponsored by the BAS, British Camelids Ltd and the British Llama Society, was carried out by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the results published in August this year.

Click here to read the Defra open letter.

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