|Document ID (ISN)||62565|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0003-0805 - American Review of Respiratory Disease
|Convention or series no.
||Thompson P.J., Cousins D.V., Gow B.L., Collins D.M., Williamson B.H., Dagnia H.T.
||Seals, seal trainers, and mycobacterial infection
||Jan. 1993, Vol.147, No.1, p.164-167. Illus. 18 ref.
||In 1986, three seals died in an Australian marine park; postmortem tissue culture suggested infection with Mycobacterium bovis. In 1988, a seal trainer employed at the park until 1985 developed pulmonary tuberculosis caused by M. bovis while working in a zoo 3,000km away. Culture characteristics, biochemical behaviour, sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and restriction endonuclease analysis suggested that the strains of M. bovis infecting the seals and trainer were identical but unique and differed from reference strains and local cattle strains of M. bovis. The infection in both the seals and trainer had a destructive but indolent course. This is the first time that M. bovis has been observed in seals and the first time that tuberculosis infection has been documented to be transmitted from seals to humans. Those working with seals and other marine animals should be monitored for infection.
||mammals; pathogenic bacteria; animals; pulmonary tuberculosis; zoonoses; infectious diseases; mycoses; tuberculosis of animal origin
||Australia; zoological gardens; case study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Australia; New Zealand|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Bacterial and parasitic diseases