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Mycobacterium bovis in a free-ranging black rhinoceros, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 2016

Miller, Michele Ann ; Buss, Peter E. ; Van Helden, Paul D. ; Parsons, Sven D. C. (2017)

CITATION: Miller, M. A., et al. 2017. Mycobacterium bovis in a Free-Ranging Black Rhinoceros, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 2016. Emerging Infectious Disease, 23(3):557-558, doi:10.3201/eid2303.161622.

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In 2016, an emaciated black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) was found in Kruger National Park, South Africa. An interferon-γ response was detected against mycobacterial antigens, and lung tissue was positive for Mycobacterium bovis. This case highlights the risk that tuberculosis presents to rhinoceros in M. bovis–endemic areas.

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