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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: COUNTERMEASURES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL TUBERCULOSIS IN CATTLE AND WILDLIFE RESERVOIRS Title: Tuberculosis in Cervidae in the United States: Past, Present and Future of Diagnostics

Author
item Palmer, Mitchell

Submitted to: Review Article
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: December 12, 2006
Publication Date: January 5, 2007
Citation: Palmer, M.V. 2007. Tuberculosis in Cervidae in the United States: Past, Present and Future of Diagnostics [Review Article]. Whitetails of Wisconsin Newsletter. p. 10-12.

Interpretive Summary: Tuberculosis is a problem in both captive and free-ranging Cervidae in the United States. Captive Cervidae are included in the United States Department of Agriculture Bovine Eradication Campaign and as such are subject to rules and regulations regarding testing for tuberculosis. The most commonly used test, intradermal skin testing, involves repeated handling of animals and is not highly specific. Research is being conducted on blood-based assays that would decrease animal handling and improve specificity. Such tests would be of use to animal health regulatory officials and producers.

Technical Abstract: Tuberculosis due to infection with Mycobacterium bovis is a problem in both captive and free-ranging Cervidae in the United States. Captive Cervidae are included in the United States Department of Agriculture Bovine Eradication Campaign and as such are subject to rules and regulations regarding testing for tuberculosis. The most commonly used test, intradermal skin testing, involves repeated handling of animals and is not highly specific. Research is being conducted on blood-based assays that would decrease animal handling and improve specificity.

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