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Mycobacterium microti detection in French wildlife
  1. Lorraine Michelet,
  2. Krystel de Cruz,
  3. Yohann Phalente,
  4. Claudine Karoui,
  5. Sylvie Hénault and
  6. María Laura Boschiroli
  1. Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire National de Référence de la Tuberculose, Unité de Zoonoses Bactériennes, Laboratoire de Santé Animale, ANSES, 94706 Maisons-Alfort CEDEX, France
  1. e-mail: maria-laura.boschiroli{at}

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Mycobacterium microti is a member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC), a group of major human and animal pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis. M microti was originally described as the cause of tuberculosis (TB) in wild rodents, but it can also infect other animal species and has even been described as a potential zoonotic agent (Cavanagh and others 2002, Panteix and others 2010).

A recent retrospective study reported 35 animal cases in France between 2002 and 2014 (Michelet …

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