Epidemiological significance of the domestic black pig (Sus scrofa) in maintenance of bovine tuberculosis in Sicily.

@article{Marco2012EpidemiologicalSO,
  title={Epidemiological significance of the domestic black pig (Sus scrofa) in maintenance of bovine tuberculosis in Sicily.},
  author={Vincenzo Di Marco and P Mazzone and Maria Teresa Capucchio and Maria Beatrice Boniotti and Vincenzo Aronica and Miriam Russo and Michele Fiasconaro and Noemi Cifani and Sara Corneli and Elena Biasibetti and Massimo Biagetti and Maria Lodovica Pacciarini and Monica Cagiola and Paolo Pasquali and Cinzia Marianelli},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={50 4},
  pages={1209-18}
}
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an emerging disease among wild animals in many parts of the world. Wildlife reservoir hosts may thus represent a potential source of infection for livestock and humans. We investigated the role played by the Sicilian black pig, an autochthonous free- or semi-free-ranging domestic pig breed, as a potential source of bTB infection in an area where bTB prevalence in cattle is high. We initially performed a preliminary field study to assess the occurrence of bTB in such… CONTINUE READING

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