Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Free-Roaming Wild Asian Elephant
March 1, 2017
Authors: Basavegowdanadoddi Marinaik Chandranaik, Beechagondahalli Papanna Shivashankar, Kunigal Srinivasa Umashankar, Poojappa Nandini, Papanna Giridhar, Somenahalli Munivenkatappa Byregowda, and Basavegowdanadoddi Marinaik Shrinivasa Emerging Infectious Diseases Research letter



Abstract:


Postmortem examination of a wild Asian elephant at Rajiv Gandhi National Park, India, revealed nodular lesions, granulomas with central caseation, and acid-fast bacilli in the lungs. PCR and nucleotide sequencing confirmed the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This study indicates that wild elephants can harbor M. tuberculosis that can become fatal.

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