The zoonotic importance of Mycobacterium bovis

Tuber Lung Dis. 1996 Apr;77(2):103-8. doi: 10.1016/s0962-8479(96)90022-2.


The zoonotic importance of Mycobacterium bovis has been the subject of renewed interest in the wake of the increasing incidence of tuberculosis in the human population. This paper considers some of the conditions under which transmission of M. bovis from animals to humans occurs and reviews current information on the global distribution of the disease. The paper highlights the particular threat posed by this zoonotic disease in developing countries and lists the veterinary and human public health measures that need to be adopted if the disease is to be contained. The association of tuberculosis with malnutrition and poverty has long been recognized and the need to address these basic issues are as crucial as specific measures against the disease itself.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Developing Countries
  • Humans
  • Mycobacterium bovis*
  • Risk Factors
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology
  • Tuberculosis / microbiology
  • Tuberculosis / prevention & control
  • Tuberculosis / transmission*
  • Zoonoses*