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Arun , Zachariah and G.K. , Madhavilatha and Sathish , Mundayoor (2017) Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Wild Asian Elephants, Southern India. Emerging infectious diseases, 23 (3). pp. 504-506. ISSN 1080-6059

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Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis in domestic and wild animals of various species living in close contact with humans has been reported (1). Elephants in captivity are known to be susceptible to infection with M. tuberculosis, and there is a potential for transmission of M. tuberculosis between humans and elephants (2–4). In 2013, a case of tuberculosis (TB) in a wild elephant in Africa, which had been under human care, was reported (5), after which another case in a wild Asian elephant in Sri Lanka was reported (6). Habitat encroachment and competition for resources brings wild elephants into closer contact with humans, providing opportunities for zoonoses and reverse zoonoses to occur and for a previously unknown pathogen to emerge in captive free-ranging and wild elephant populations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elephas maximus; India; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; PCR; bacteria; elephant; genetic sequencing; tuberculosis; tuberculosis and other mycobacteria; zoonoses
Subjects: Mycobacterium Research
Depositing User: Rgcb Library
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 07:04
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 07:04
URI: http://rgcb.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/543

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