Badgers carrying bovine tuberculosis are a source of infection for cattle in England, but new research suggests direct contact is not the primary means of transmission. Veterinarian Julian Drewe and his team from the Royal Veterinary College found that direct contact occurred in only four of every 500,000 interactions. "This clearly has disease management implications, and more work is now needed in this area to look at how such contact can be limited, to reduce the number of cases of bovine TB in the future," said Dr. Drewe.

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