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Strategies for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis

Objective

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. This infection affects domestic and wild animals and represents a major concern worldwide because of its high economic impact due to mortalities, condemnations, decreases in productions, and its zoonotic potential. Eradication programmes based on a test-and-slaughter policy in the EU have proved successful in some countries, however, have been unable to eradicate the infection in others despite the use of vast economical resources. A relevant problem is the existence of infected wildlife; the best known examples are the European badger (Meles meles) in UK and the Republic of Ireland, and the wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Spain. Besides this fact, there is only a limited knowledge about other potential underlying causes, such as (1) the real contribution of cattle-to-cattle transmission at the same area (neighbouring farms and communal pastures) or after movement of animals; (2) the role played in the epidemiology by other domestic animals, or (3) the effect of interferences in the diagnosis tests. The weight of these causes may also differ depending on the farming system and ecological factors. Likely there is not a single solution as likely there is not a single cause. To approach the eradication of this infection, this TB-STEP project plans a multifaceted battlefront. The consortium is made up of 12 partners from eight countries which will research on eight work-packages devoted to improved tools and to develop strategies for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis in areas where the disease is present in both domestic and wildlife populations. It will include: 1) vaccination of bovine animals and wildlife, (2) control of populations to reach numbers compatible with animal welfare and strategies to limit the contact between domestic and wild species, and (3) the development of improved diagnostic tools for detection of infected animals.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/pneumology/tuberculosis

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 715 375
Administrative Contact
Lucas Dominguez (Prof.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 262 725
Address
Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Llanos Carrión-Varela (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 259 700
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 253 125
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucinda Cranham (Ms.)
SRUC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 307 475
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael L Smith (Dr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 254 328
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Daly (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 229 208
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Douwe Bakker (Dr.)
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 244 000
Address
Viale Regina Elena 299
00161 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rosa Maria Martoccia (Dr.)
NEMZETI ELELMISZERLANC-BIZTONSAGI HIVATAL
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 119 025
Address
Keleti Karoly Utca 24
1024 Budapest
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Szilárd Jánosi (Dr.)
INMUNOLOGIA Y GENETICA APLICADA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 106 248
Address
C/ Hermanos Garcia Noblejas 41-2
28037 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eduardo Dominguez (Mr.)
PRIONICS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 121 800
Address
Wagistrasse 27 A
8952 Schlieren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alex Raeber (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 21 750
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Koos Coetzer (Prof.)