A report on Tuberculosis in Monkeys (Macaca mulatta): A case study at Chittagong Zoo ( Vol-2,Issue-4,July - August 2017 )
Author: Rahul Das Talukdar Avi, Suman Paul, Samuel Muhit, Md Mongur Morshed Chowdhury, Arup Sen
Keyword: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Rhesus monkey, Tuberculosis, Tuberculin, Prevalence.
Abstract: Simian tuberculosis is one of the most important bacterial diseases of captive monkey in Bangladesh. A prevalence study to characterize Mycobacterium infecting tuberculous monkeys in captive managemental systems in Chittagong Zoo was carried out. In the present study, 14 rhesus monkeys which were newly arrived in the zoo and kept in the quarantine were used for the tuberculin skin testing (TST) to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis. An overall of 28.57% (4/14) was recorded by the TST. There were also marked differences in the prevalence of the disease within different age groups. In the tested positive animals, one was died within two days and showed tubercle in the lung and other organs in the post-mortem examination. The lung sample was collected for Zeihl-Neelsen revealed red colored tubercule bacilli.The above examination confirmed that, the macaques were suffering from tuberculosis.
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