Tuberculosis in domestic animal species

M. Pesciaroli, J. Alvarez, M. B. Boniotti, M. Cagiola, V. Di Marco, C. Marianelli, M. Pacciarini, P. Pasquali

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M.bovis and M.caprae, members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC), are the major causative agents of tuberculosis in domestic animals. Notably, M.bovis exhibits a wide host range; the infection has been reported in many domesticated animals and free or captive wildlife. Despite most of them acting as spill-over hosts in particular epidemiological scenarios, some domesticated species as pigs, camelids and goats may display high rates of infection and possibly play a role in the inter-species transmission of the disease. The aim of this review is to make an updated overview of the susceptibility and the role in the transmission of the disease of the most common domesticated animals species such as small ruminants, pigs, horses, camelids, dogs and cats. An overview of the diagnostic approaches to detect the infection in each of the species included in the review is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S78-S85
JournalResearch in veterinary science
Issue numberS
StatePublished - 2014

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  • Mycobacterium bovis
  • Mycobacterium caprae
  • Tuberculosis


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