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Online Journal of Veterinary Research©
Volume 10 (2) : 108 - 115, 2006
Ikonomopoulos J, Aranaz A, Balaskas C, Sechi L, Gazouli M
Department of Anatomy–Physiology, Faculty of Animal Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greecea; Departamento de Sanidad Animal I, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spainb; Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Universitą di Sassari, Sassari, Italyc; and Department of Biology, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greeced
Ikonomopoulos J Aranaz A, Balaskas C, Sechi L, Gazouli M., Outbreak of acute tuberculosis in a goat herd; first report of
Mycobacterium caprae isolation in Greece, Online J
Vet Res 10 (2):108-115, 2006.
caprae is a recently defined member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
that is responsible for tuberculosis among animals and to a limited extent,
humans. Herein we report an outbreak of acute tuberculosis in a dairy goat farm
at the North of Greece, which is the first case f M. caprae isolation in the country.
The disease was manifested mainly with pneumonia that resulted to the death of
the affected animals within 15-60 days after first symptoms appeared. Mortality
of goats that developed clinical disease reached 92%. Based on the evidence
provided by spoligotyping, the isolate is similar to
those commonly found in central
Key words: Tuberculosis; Goats; M. caprae; Zoonosis