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Suspicion and Confirmation of TB in Goats

2. When infection with TB is suspected,There is an established link with infection which makes the level of suspicion high, e.g. previous infection in the herd, animal is traced from an infected herd. Veterinary opinion is that infection with TB is likely. either clinically or at post mortem examination Official Veterinarians (OVs) should advise the owner:

  • to isolate the affected goat(s)
  • in Wales treatment of non-bovines for TB is not permitted
  • in England and Scotland, owners need to be aware of the risks to human health posed by treating suspect cases
  • that bovine TB in goats is a notifiable disease.

3. OVs should notify APHA who will give further instructions and advice.

6. Where permission to treat animals has been given, SVIs/VOs/PVSs should:

  • ensure that owners accurately record full details of treatment (number of animals, identities, onset and end of treatment, drug(s) administered and dosage used, etc.)
  • ensure that PVSs keep the records that Veterinary Surgeons (VSs) are required to keep under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations
  • inform APHA of the details of the treated goat or herd.

7. Where APHA becomes aware that the owner of a non-bovine herd under restrictions is treating any of the animals for TB, therapeutically or prophylactically (e.g. by administration under 'the cascade' of any drugs or vaccines that may have been licensed for use in other species), APHA will advise the owner:

  • to stop the treatment
  • that APHA may not test any such treated animals in the herd
  • that APHA may stop all testing on the herd until the effect of the drugs has been considered.

8. This information must be reported to the VHoFD/VLS who will ensure that the relevant TB Policy Team is informed.

9. All TB testing must be suspended in the affected herd.