Coronavirus: Covid-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate

A Stuff article.

Genome sequencing – the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism – has helped track the spread of Covid-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand.

One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a global cattle disease New Zealand also hopes to eliminate.

It was first detected on a South Island dairy farm in July 2017 and has subsequently been found on 250 properties across the country. It remains active on one farm.

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