TB outbreak confirmed at East Durham farm

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CONCERNS have been raised after an outbreak of tuberculosis in cattle was confirmed in County Durham

Despite Government attempts to stop bovine TB spreading north, it is understood that cattle on a farm in the Haswell area of east Durham have tested positive.

The infected animals have been slaughtered and tests are being carried out on cattle at surrounding farms.

Bovine TB is currently a major problem in the South-West and West Midlands.

More than 1,500 badgers, which are believed to spread the disease, have been killed since a controversial cull was launched in Somerset and Gloucestershire.