Bovine Tuberculosis

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What is bovine tuberculosis (bTB)?

  • Highly infectious, chronic respiratory disease
  • Caused by the bacteria,¬†Mycobacterium bovis
  • Results in granulomatous lesions in respiratory tract and infected organs, and potentially death
  • Affects livestock, wildlife, and domestic animals, as well as humans
  • Has potential to greatly damage livestock¬†industries as infected cattle must be culled to prevent widespread outbreak
Deer infected with bTB, with numerous lesions on the lungs and ribs.

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