Animal diseases in archaeology by John Robin Baker

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2006) identified a further category of infected animal – the MAP supershedder – which can shed >1,000,000 CFU/g faeces. Hovingh et al. (2006) found that 10–15% of animals in four infected herds were supershedders. They calculated that a single supershedder would shed more MAP than 2000 moderate or 20,000 light shedders. This situation has major implications for levels of MAP contamination in bulk tank milk of infected farms, and for environmental transmission of Johne’s disease within either dairy or beef herds.

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Given the large-scale efforts to control MAP in many countries and the continuing expansion of the epidemic in those same countries, is MAP control possible? issue for animal agriculture, investments to control the problem will largely be the responsibility of animal owners, who will balance the costs of herd infection control versus economic losses due to the disease. If it is a problem affecting both animal and human health, it warrants investment from the public at large, and control measures must be implemented to ensure that milk, meat and domestic water are free of MAP or have MAP levels as low as reasonably achievable.

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