Bovine TB levels rose by 3% in 2014, up from the record low of the previous year. In all, there were 16,145 reactors, an increase of 533 for the year.
Wicklow is by far the worst blackspot. There were over 1,000 reactors in East Wicklow, with a per thousand test reactor rate of 8.85, up from 5.03 in 2013. Wildlife is a significant problem in Wicklow, with both badgers and deer carriers of TB.