This study investigated the host status of feral ferrets for (Myobcobacterium bovis) the aetiological agent for bovine tuberculosis. Oral transmission, related to the diet of the ferret, was found to best approximate how (M. bovis) was transmitted to ferrets. Transmission of (M. bovis) occurred from both brush tailed possums and ferrets. The estimated threshold population density for disease establishment in a ferret population was 2.7 ferrets / sq km. Below this level they function as spill-over hosts for the disease.
|Secondary title||Applied Ecology Research Group|
|Publisher||University of Canberra|