Joseph over at Immunoblogging has two posts on Mycobacterium bovis and gives a potential answer to Dave S.’s question here. In post one, Joseph notes (after the fold):

It’s interesting to note that Mycobacterium bovis, which infects farmed animals dates back roughly to the time we domesticated animals proving that for a change, we gave one of our pathogens to an animal and not the other way around.

In part two, Joseph discusses mycobacteria in general, and why M. bovis is a threat to farm economies.

Part three discusses the role badgers play (or don’t) in the transmission of M. bovis to cattle.

More installments to come–I’ll update when they’re published.

Image from


  1. #1 Miguelito
    April 2, 2006

    Mushroom, mushroom.

  2. #2 haliaeetus
    April 2, 2006

    My girlfriend’s 20-month-old niece has acquired a Mycobacterium ssp infection the doc’s are referring to as Nontuberculous mycobacterial lymphadenitis. Was a new one for me.

  3. #3 Dave S.
    April 2, 2006

    There had to be at least one. :)

  4. #4 Bob O'H
    April 3, 2006

    Um, that’s not a European badger in the photo. This is a “proper” badger.

    I’ll have to remember to look for Part IV: it could be quite amusing.


  5. #5 Joseph O'Donnell
    April 3, 2006

    Should be tommorow or wednesday Bob. One of the two and will most likely be dependant on if I decide to write about TLRs instead (for a bit of a change).

    I’m not sure how ‘amusing’ it will end up being however 😉

  6. #6 Tara
    April 3, 2006

    Um, that’s not a European badger in the photo. This is a “proper” badger.

    Heh. Noted. :)

  7. #7 Spotted Quoll
    April 10, 2006

    Thanks for the link to Immunoblogging, and to the particular article series.