Published on September 20, 2010 by

Should we be worrying about Bovine TB?

Given the enormous burden that the current HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics have imposed on rural areas in the eastern and central provinces of South Africa, how much attention should the National and Provincial governments be paying to zoonotic diseases such as bovine TB (BTB) in these areas? The answer lies not only in the extent to which BTB posses an additional burden on human health in the region, but also on the degree to which it threatens food security, exacerbates poverty, and threatens conservation and green tourism.