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Vet Pathol. 2012 May;49(3):423-39. doi: 10.1177/0300985811429313. Epub 2012 Jan 18.

The pathology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

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Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 501 D. W. Brooks Dr, Athens, GA 30602-7388, USA.


Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an old enemy of the human race, with evidence of infection observed as early as 5000 years ago. Although more host-restricted than Mycobacterium bovis, which can infect all warm-blooded vertebrates, M. tuberculosis can infect, and cause morbidity and mortality in, several veterinary species as well. As M. tuberculosis is one of the earliest described bacterial pathogens, the literature describing this organism is vast and overwhelming. This review strives to distill what is currently known about this bacterium and the disease it causes for the veterinary pathologist.

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