Vigilant TB testing could protect people working with elephants

A tuberculosis outbreak at an Oregon zoo in 2013 involving humans and elephants demonstrates the need for more TB testing in elephants, according to a paper published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2013, routine trunk washing found one elephant was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Six people in close contact with the elephant subsequently tested positive for latent TB. More intensive testing of elephants led to two more TB diagnoses in the animals, and a seventh human case was linked to the zoo. All three infected elephants were moved at least 100 feet away from visitors. Healio (free registration)/Infectious Disease News (1/7)

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