Wildlife Ranching Magazine

OUR FIGHT against bovine tuberculosis IN WILDLIFE

Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) is one of the most important and widespread diseases in livestock worldwide and in particular a huge threat to cattle, wildlife species and people in developing countries (Ayele et al, 2004).

In South Africa, buffalo act as the most important maintenance host of BTB and are considered the most widely affected wildlife species (Michel & Bengis 2012). Their gregarious nature and dynamic herd structures further facilitate the spread of BTB in free-ranging ecosystems, while the sale of latently infected buffalo causes serious losses to

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