Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex infection in Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia) at the Curitiba Zoo, southern Brazil¬¬: case report

  • Vivien Midori Morikawa Universidade Federal do Paraná, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária
  • Alexander Welker Biondo Universidade Federal do Paraná, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária
  • Rogério Ribeiro Robes Universidade Federal do Paraná, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária
  • Ivan Roque de Barros Filho Universidade Federal do Paraná, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária
  • Cristina Kraemer Zimpel Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Saúde Animal
  • Maria do Carmo Custódio de Souza Hunold Lara Instituto Biológico, Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Sanidade Animal
  • Cristina Corsi Dib Instituto Biológico, Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Sanidade Animal
  • Luciana Cristina Fagundes Gequelin Laboratório Central do Estado do Paraná
  • Igor Adolfo Dexheimer Paploski Universidade Federal da Bahia, Instituto de Saúde Coletiva
  • Marcelo Bonat Prefeitura Municipal de Curitiba, Secretaria Municipal do Meio Ambiente, Departamento de Pesquisa e Conservação da Fauna
Keywords: Ammotragus lervia, Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, Zoos

Abstract

Tuberculosis is one of the most important mandatory notification diseases in the world caused by bacteria of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, infecting both humans and animals. A sudden death of a Barbary sheep in Curitiba Zoo, and presence of multifocal nodules in lungs at necropsy raised suspicion of tuberculosis. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) from organs and fluid was performed and detected M. tuberculosis complex in a lung sample. This research reports the M. tuberculosis complex infection in Barbary sheep, a zoonosis of great relevance to public health and emphasizes the need to implement prevention measures. Furthermore, the research may provide a better understanding for species conservation, occurrence and transmission of diseases in captivity, reservoir potential and public health impact to zoo personnel and visitors. 

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Author Biography

Marcelo Bonat, Prefeitura Municipal de Curitiba, Secretaria Municipal do Meio Ambiente, Departamento de Pesquisa e Conservação da Fauna

Secretaria Municipal do Meio Ambiente

Departamento de Pesquisa e Conservação da Fauna

Published
2016-10-03
How to Cite
Morikawa, V., Biondo, A., Robes, R., Barros Filho, I., Zimpel, C., Lara, M. do C., Dib, C., Gequelin, L. C., Paploski, I. A., & Bonat, M. (2016). Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex infection in Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia) at the Curitiba Zoo, southern Brazil¬¬: case report. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 53(3), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2016.108981