Dáil Éireann - Volume 548 - 14 February, 2002
Written Answers. - Tuberculosis Incidence.
Mr. Callely Mr. Callely
63. Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development the number of cattle which tested positive for tuberculosis in 2001; the percentage of these which revealed visible lesions on routine post-mortem analysis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4116/02]
Mr. Walsh Mr. Walsh
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Mr. Walsh): While the final verified statistics are not yet available it is likely that the total number of reactors will be just under 34,000, compared with a figure of 39,847 in 2000. A total of 23% of these revealed visible lesions on routine post-mortem analysis.
Not all TB lesions are revealed at routine post-mortem analysis. Research available to my Department shows that a more detailed analysis, using laboratory techniques, is needed to reveal the true rate.
Dáil Éireann 548 Written Answers. Tuberculosis Incidence.