Evaluation of comparative cervical tuberculin skin testing in cervids naturally exposed to mycobacteria.

@article{Kollias1982EvaluationOC,
  title={Evaluation of comparative cervical tuberculin skin testing in cervids naturally exposed to mycobacteria.},
  author={George V Kollias and Charles O. Thoen and Maurice E. Fowler},
  journal={Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association},
  year={1982},
  volume={181 11},
  pages={1257-62}
}
A comparative cervical tuberculin skin test was evaluated in cervids with naturally acquired mycobacterial infections. The test exhibited a high degree of sensitivity (84%) and specificity (80%) in detecting infected animals but a low level of accuracy (57%) in differentiating Mycobacterium bovis infections from infections caused by M avium and other Runyon groups III and IV mycobacteria. This phenomenon was attributed to a low recovery rate of more than 1 species of mycobacteria from… CONTINUE READING