Type

Journal Article

Authors

Simon John More
Guy McGrath
Gabrielle E. Kelly

Subjects

Veterinary

Topics
glgm disease clustering mycobacterium bovis badgers ireland badger spatial ranges four area project generalized linear geostatistical models

Estimating the extent of spatial association of Mycobacterium bovis infection in badgers in Ireland (2010)

Abstract Mycobacterium bovis infects the wildlife species badgers Meles meles who are linked with the spread of the associated disease tuberculosis (TB) in cattle. Control of livestock infections depends in part on the spatial and social structure of the wildlife host. Here we describe spatial association of M. bovis infection in a badger population using data from the first year of the Four Area Project in Ireland. Using second-order intensity functions, we show there is strong evidence of clustering of TB cases in each the four areas, i.e. a global tendency for infected cases to occur near other infected cases. Using estimated intensity functions, we identify locations where particular strains of TB cluster. Generalized linear geostatistical models are used to assess the practical range at which spatial correlation occurs and is found to exceed 6 in all areas. The study is of relevance concerning the scale of localized badger culling in the control of the disease in cattle.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Simon John More, Guy McGrath, Gabrielle E. Kelly

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S J More
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 171
 
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Guy McGrath
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 46
 
3
G E Kelly
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 26