Author(s): Boulahbal F, Benelmouffok A, Brahimi K
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Abstract The authors report the results of a survey on the possible role of human Mycobacterium in the ganglio-pulmonary tuberculosis of bovines. 232 bovines seized in the abattoirs of Algiers over a period of 8 months were concerned by this work. The results obtained showed that microscopic examination was negative in 50\% of cases. This result was expected as ganglionary lesions are paucibacillary. Cultures were also negative in 50\% of cases, 25\% of them were contaminated. 50\% rate of positive cultures was obtained when Loewenstein-Jensen medium with 1\% pyruvate was used. Morphological and biochemical identification showed that out of 113 strains, 7 were Mycobacterium tuberculosis (6.2\%). In seems therefore that Mycobacterium tuberculosis, human pathogen, is also pathogenic for bovines. Its frequent occurrence could be explained by the high prevalence of human tuberculosis in Algeria.
This article was published in Arch Inst Pasteur Alger
and referenced in Biology and Medicine