Noninvasive tuberculosis screening in free-living primate populations in Gombe National Park, Tanzania

Wolf TM, Sreevatsan S, Singer RS, Lipende I, Collins A, Gillespie TR, Lonsdorf EV, Travis DA
Ecohealth 13(1):139-144

Recent advances in noninvasive detection methods for mycobacterial infection in primates create new opportunities for exploring the epidemiology of tuberculosis in free-living species. Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and baboons (Papio anubis) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, were screened for infection with pathogens of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex using Fecal IS6110 PCR; none was positive. This study demonstrates the feasibility of large-scale mycobacterial screening in wild primates.

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