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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2017 Sep-Oct;55(5):635-640.

[Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis, a re-emerging infection?]

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Residente de Medicina Interna. Hospital de Especialidades No. 14, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Veracruz, Veracruz, México


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Currently, tuberculosis (TB) is a public health problem, is present in all regions of the world and remains one of the most deadly communicable diseases, particularly associated with infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Cases of TB Mycobacterium bovis more and more frequent, especially in vulnerable populations. TB caused by M. bovis clinical, radiological and histologically indistinguishable from tuberculosis caused by M. tuberculosis; however, there are some differences that make M. tuberculosis particular. The direct correlation between infection with M. bovis in cattle and human disease has been well documented, but the true prevalence is underestimated. Overall, the proportion of cases of human TB caused by M. bovis is low compared with M. tuberculosis, but its potential in the groups most at risk impact should not be underestimated by the impact on morbidity and mortality.


Infection; Mycobacterium bovis; Tuberculosis

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