TB outbreak forces Kimblewick Hunt to kill nearly 100 hounds

3rd August 2018

Almost 100 foxhounds were put down after an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis swept through their dirty, overcrowded and dilapidated hunt kennels.

A kennel worker tested positive for the disease after the outbreak at the Kimblewick Hunt’s headquarters near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, an investigation has found.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh said that the risk of transmission from dogs to humans was “plausible and real”.

Their findings will raise fears that hounds can spread TB to other animals, which farmers have called “the greatest threat” to the dairy industry.

The first infected dog was found in December 2016 and a further 96 of the hunt’s 164 dogs tested positive and had to be destroyed.

The report, published online by Wiley, said that the hunt had broken industry guidelines on kennel densities. “Similarly, the physiological stress of overcrowding may have made individuals more susceptible to infection,” the findings said.

The hunt has since demolished the kennels and built new ones. The source of the outbreak has not been identified, but may have come from infected meat."


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