Mycobacterial isolations in captive elephants in the United States

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Oct;969:256-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2002.tb04388.x.


Interest in tuberculosis in elephants has been increasing over the past several years in the United States. Several techniques have been used to diagnose mammalian tuberculosis. Currently, the test considered most reliable for diagnosis of TB in elephants is based on the culture of respiratory secretions obtained by trunk washes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Zoo*
  • Elephants*
  • Humans
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / genetics
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / isolation & purification*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis / transmission
  • Tuberculosis / veterinary*
  • United States
  • Zoonoses*