Bovine TB outbreak investigated

Tests underway to find source.

An investigation is underway to find the source of a Bovine TB outbreak in Dumfries and Galloway. Several cattle are being slaughtered after the disease was detected in a Dumfriesshire dairy herd. Tests are being carried out to determine how many animals are affected and to stop it spreading.

“Any outbreak of bovine TB is concerning but we can be confident that the testing regime in Scotland works well. The priority now is for the outbreak to be investigated to find out its cause and prevent any further spreading.”

– South of Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Shadow Environment Minister, Claudia Beamish

“A TB outbreak is a savage blow to the farmer whose herd has been affected. We still don’t know how many of the 340 cattle kept in the same holding have been affected. It is important to remember that Scotland has a low rate of bovine TB cases and I hope this incident is isolated to this one herd.”

– Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray

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