[04 April/Stuff NZ]

It has been reported that the world is watching New Zealand on the way it attempts to control and eliminate the Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) problem reports mycoplasma consultant Dr Roger Ayling. M.bovis was first detected in New Zealand in July 2017 and New Zealand has taken a swift approach to dealing with the situation. More than 80,000 cattle have since been slaughtered. New Zealand is the first country to slaughter infected herds in the bid to eradicate the disease. No other countries have gone for the slaughter approach in the attempt to decrease the spread of the disease due to the lack of investment and knowledge on what the disease could cause. M.bovis does not pose any risk to humans and it did not have any implications on international trade.