Novel cause of tuberculosis in meerkats, South Africa
CITATION: Parsons, S. D. C. et al. 2013. Novel cause of tuberculosis in meerkats, South Africa. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 19(12):2004-2007, doi:10.3201/eid1912.130268.
The original publication is available at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid
The organism that causes tuberculosis in meerkats (Suricata suricatta) has been poorly characterized. Our genetic analysis showed it to be a novel member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and closely related to the dassie bacillus. We have named this epidemiologically and genetically unique strain M. suricattae.
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