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TB in other animals

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Dealing with TB in non-bovine animals is one of the components of our TB Eradication Programme.

Bovine TB can infect all mammals, including humans. Some animals are more susceptible than others to catching and spreading the disease. These include:

  • cattle
  • badgers
  • camelids (alpacas, llamas, guanacos, vicunas)
  • goats
  • wild deer.

A number of herds of alpacas and llamas in Wales have been infected. There have also been some cases affecting goat herds. This shows that the disease can spread within and between herds of camelids and goats just as it does in cattle herds. There have been rare cases of sheep, cats and dogs being infected with the disease. The risks of TB infection in companion animals (e.g. cats and dogs) and of them spreading infection to farmed animals, wildlife and humans are considered to be low.

Legislation

We introduced the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2011 (external link) to allow us to deal effectively and quickly with incidents of TB in camelids, goats and deer.