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Feline tuberculosis: a literature review and discussion of 19 cases caused by an unusual mycobacterial variant
  1. D. A. Gunn-Moore, BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS1,
  2. P. A. Jenkins, PhD3 and
  3. V. M. Lucke, PhD, MRCPath, MRCVS2
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol Veterinary School, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS 18 7DU
  2. 2 Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Bristol Veterinary School, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS 18 7DU
  3. 3 PHLS Mycobacterium Reference Unit, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XW

Abstract

The literature relating to feline mycobacterial disease is reviewed and 19 cats with tuberculosis caused by a previously unknown strain of mycobacterium are discussed. The bacteria were found to have characteristics between those of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M bovis. The paper considers the clinical signs, epidemiology and diagnosis of the cases, and discusses the possible origins of the organism, treatment regimens and zoonotic potential.

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