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Tuberculosis in imported red deer (Cervus elaphus)
  1. FA Stuart,
  2. PA Manser and
  3. FG McIntosh
  1. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Central Veterinary Laboratory, New Haw, Weybridge, Surrey.


An outbreak of tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis in farmed red deer imported from an eastern European country is described. Twenty-six of the 106 deer examined at autopsy were found to be infected and 19 had visible lesions of tuberculosis. Single comparative intradermal tuberculin tests on 51 deer showed that the test had a specificity of 61.3 per cent and a sensitivity of 80 per cent relative to subsequent biological and cultural tests on tissues taken at autopsy. Three hundred and seventy eight culled fallow and sika deer which had been running in a park in contact with some of the infected animals were found to be free of tuberculosis.

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