Risk-based testing programme for Mycobacterium bovis following a clinical case in a zoological garden

Authors

  • Matt Hartley
  • D. Grove
  • M. Lewis
  • D. Beeston
  • P. Stewart

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v2i1.62

Abstract

Mycobacterium bovis is a strictly controlled disease. Outbreaks in zoos result in animal movement bans, disease investigation and euthanasia of infected animals. Both specific tuberculosis legislation and European Directive 92/65, often known as the "Balai" directive, require zoos to be free from tuberculosis in order to import and export animals. This paper describes the use of a risk based targeted testing programme for tuberculosis following a confirmed case of disease. This regime ensured a comprehensive but proportionate disease investigation developed through close co-operation with government veterinary officials, therefore limiting the impact of anaesthetic procedures and animal handling required to complete the necessary testing.

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Published

2014-01-31

How to Cite

Hartley, M., Grove, D., Lewis, M., Beeston, D., & Stewart, P. (2014). Risk-based testing programme for Mycobacterium bovis following a clinical case in a zoological garden. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 2(1), 14–17. https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v2i1.62

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Evidence Based Practice