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1 July 2006 Antibodies to Mycobacterium bovis in Wild Carnivores from Doñana National Park (Spain)
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We conducted a retrospective se-rologic survey for antibodies against the MPB70 protein of Mycobacterium bovis in wild carnivores from Doñana National Park (southwestern Spain). Serum samples from 118 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes), 39 Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), 31 Eurasian badgers (Meles meles), five Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon), four European genet (Genetta genetta), and one Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) were analyzed using an indirect competitive enzyme-linked immunoassay. Antibodies against the MPB70 protein of M. bovis were detected in seven badgers, five foxes, and one lynx. The frequency of positive animals was significantly higher in badger (23%) than in lynx (3%) and fox (4%). Antibodies were not detected in other species. Annual antibody frequency peaked at 38% in badgers and 11% for red fox. These species may contribute to persistence of bovine tuberculosis in Doñana.

Martín-Atance, León-Vizcaíno, Palomares, Revilla, González-Candela, Calzada, Cubero-Pablo, and Delibes: Antibodies to Mycobacterium bovis in Wild Carnivores from Doñana National Park (Spain)
P. Martín-Atance, L. León-Vizcaíno, F. Palomares, E. Revilla, M. González-Candela, J. Calzada, M. J. Cubero-Pablo, and M. Delibes "Antibodies to Mycobacterium bovis in Wild Carnivores from Doñana National Park (Spain)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42(3), 704-708, (1 July 2006). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-42.3.704
Received: 26 January 2005; Published: 1 July 2006
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