Map: TB blackspots highlighted with 6,752 reactors this year

The percentage of TB incidences has shot into double digits in one county for the first time this year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

According to department statistics for the second quarter of 2017, a total of 6,752 animals tested positive for TB so far this year. This is up marginally on figures from the same period in 2016, when 6,693 reactors were found – a rise of 59 cattle.

The national herd incidence for 2017 so far is 2.81% – up slightly on the figure  of 2.77% from the end of June last year.

In terms of TB ‘blackspots’, once again, the east of the country has been hit hardest, with Wicklow West, Wicklow East and Dublin being worst affected.

Meanwhile, Waterford, Longford and Roscommon were the counties least affected by TB in the last six months.

Province-by-province breakdown

Leinster

Wicklow West District Veterinary Office (DVO) has had by far the highest incidence rate of TB this year with 32 herds restricted out of the 298 tested, giving a percentage rate of 10.74%. There were 204 reactors discovered in the region to date.

Wicklow East was the second worst hit percentage-wise, with 5.57% – 32 restricted herds from 575 tested.

Across the province, the range stretched from 10.74% down to 1.53%, as recorded in Co. Longford.

Munster

Munster’s highest incidence percentage of TB reactors was found in Cork North, with 105 herds restricted out of 2,494 tested since January – an incidence of 4.21%.

Cork South was the next most affected; an incidence of 4.01% – with 107 out of 2,670 tested herds being restricted.

The lowest incidence recorded in the county – and the country – was in Waterford DVO, where just 10 herds out of 954 were locked up – 1.05%.

Ulster and Connacht

The highest herd incidence in Ulster and Connacht was in Cavan DVO with 95 restricted herds out of 2,588 tested (3.67%). Monaghan had a herd incidence of 3.05% (70 out of 2,298 tested), while Galway had 2.30% (120 herds out of 5,208 tested).