The Deer Initiative

Potential Hotspot Notification - Cumbria

North West

Start date: 29/07/2015 Close date: N/A

Potential Hotspot Notification

I am writing to advise you that a potential new bovine TB hotspot has been identified in the Cumbrian area. To improve our surveillance information, we seek your assistance in helping us to complete a wildlife survey to investigate whether there is evidence of wildlife infection.

What is a ‘potential hotspot’ area?

A ‘potential hotspot’ area is identified when:

  • a new TB incident with confirmed disease occurs in a low risk area (this is an area where routine TB testing occurs at 48 monthly intervals)
  • there has been no other confirmed TB in the past four years within a 3km radius, and
  • the incident cannot be attributed to cattle purchased since the last TB test completed on the herd in question.

What will AHVLA do when a potential new hotspot is identified?

AHVLA will:

  • arrange for each herd within a 3km radius of the first incident to receive an initial radial test, a second radial test six months later and a final radial test 12 months after the second one. Radial tests will involve the whole herd
  • initiate a local wildlife survey of found dead and road-kill badgers & deer within the 3km radius
  • contact local stalkers, gamekeepers and private vets to remind them of their obligations to report suspect TB cases in deer, and
  • instigate pre-movement tuberculin testing in all herds within the 3km radius area.

Action Required

This letter is to ask for your support and commitment by ensuring the enclosed information note is distributed to local stalkers and game keepers, to remind them of their obligation under Article 5 of the Tuberculosis (Deer) Order 1989 to report suspect TB cases in deer.

Should you require any further details, please contact us on the number below.

01772 861144

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