Detection of antibodies to tuberculosis antigens in free-ranging lions (Panthera leo) infected with Mycobacterium bovis in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

@article{Miller2012DetectionOA,
  title={Detection of antibodies to tuberculosis antigens in free-ranging lions (Panthera leo) infected with Mycobacterium bovis in Kruger National Park, South Africa.},
  author={Michele Ann Miller and Jennifer Joubert and Nomkhosi Mathebula and Lin-Marie De Klerk-Lorist and Konstantin P. Lyashchenko and Roy G. Bengis and Paul van Helden and Markus Hofmeyr and Francisco J. Olea-Popelka and Rena Greenwald and Javan Esfandiari and Peter Buss},
  journal={Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians},
  year={2012},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={317-23}
}
Bovine tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis, has become established in Kruger National Park, South Africa, in the cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) population and in other species. TB in prey species has resulted in infection and morbidity in the resident lion (Panthera leo) prides. The only validated live animal test currently available for lions is the intradermal tuberculin test. Because this test requires capture twice, 72 hr apart, of free-ranging lions to read results, it is… CONTINUE READING
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