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1 December 2003 MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS INFECTIONS IN EIGHT SPECIES AT THE NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS OF SOUTH AFRICA, 1991–2001
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Between 1991 and 2001 a total of 12 cases of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in eight different species were recorded in the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria (Tshwane). The genetic relatedness between seven of the M. tuberculosis isolates was determined by IS6110 restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. For the majority of isolates that were analyzed, a high degree of polymorphism suggested different sources of infection. Evidence of M. tuberculosis transmission between animals is reported in two chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) housed together, from which samples were collected for analysis 29 mo apart.

Anita L. Michel, Leon Venter, Ian W. Espie, and Morné L. Coetzee "MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS INFECTIONS IN EIGHT SPECIES AT THE NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS OF SOUTH AFRICA, 1991–2001," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 34(4), 364-370, (1 December 2003). https://doi.org/10.1638/02-063
Received: 16 September 2002; Published: 1 December 2003
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