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Mycobacterium bovis mastitis in an alpaca and its implications
  1. M. J. Richey1,
  2. A. P. Foster1,
  3. T. R. Crawshaw2 and
  4. A. Schock3
  1. AHVLA – Shrewsbury, Kendal Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4HD
  2. AHVLA – Starcross, Staplake Mount, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8PE
  3. AHVLA – Lasswade, International Research Centre, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  1. e-mail: moyna.richey{at}

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TUBERCULOSIS (TB) is a well-recognised disease of South American camelids in the UK (Barlow and others 1999), with an increasing number of farms being affected in recent years (Defra 2011). Clinical signs are varied and may include malaise, illthrift and respiratory signs. Postmortem lesions are predominantly found in the lungs and associated lymph nodes, but can occasionally be found in other tissues including the liver, pleura, kidney and mesenteric lymph nodes.

We would like to report the identification of TB in the mammary gland of an alpaca, which has implications for potential disease spread and zoonotic risk to owners and animal handlers, …

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