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What is bovine tuberculosis (bTB)?
- Highly infectious, chronic respiratory disease
- Caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium bovis
- Results in granulomatous lesions in respiratory tract and infected organs, and potentially death
- Affects livestock, wildlife, and domestic animals, as well as humans
- Has potential to greatly damage livestock industries as infected cattle must be culled to prevent widespread outbreak