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Volume 10, Number 3—March 2004

Dispatch

Mycobacterium bovis Infection, United Kingdom

Robert M.M. Smith*Comments to Author , Francis Drobniewski†, Andrea Gibson†, John D.E. Montague‡, Margaret N. Logan§, David Hunt¶, Glyn Hewinson#, Roland L. Salmon*, and Brian O’Neill**
Author affiliations: *National Public Health Service for Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom; †Health Protection Agency, London, United Kingdom; ‡Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom; §Gloucester Hospitals National Health Service Trust (formerly Gloucester Public Health Laboratory), Gloucester, United Kingdom; ¶Health Protection Agency (West Midlands) Regional Surveillance Unit, Birmingham, United Kingdom; #Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge, United Kingdom; **Gloucestershire Health Protection Unit, Gloucester, United Kingdom

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Spoligotyping profiles for human and cattle cases of bovine tuberculosis. H37Rv and BCG are control strains. 99/6702 and 99/6703 are the sister and brother, respectively; 99/8147–99/8152 are cattle isolates.

Figure. Spoligotyping profiles for human and cattle cases of bovine tuberculosis. H37Rv and BCG are control strains. 99/6702 and 99/6703 are the sister and brother, respectively; 99/8147–99/8152 are cattle isolates.

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1A cattle crush is a small, often portable, cage used to restrain individual animals. Crushes are often used in the United Kingdom to hold animals for veterinary attention.

2A tuberculosis breakdown is confirmed when a visible lesion, typical of tuberculosis, is seen by an official veterinary officer in the carcass of a tuberculosis reactor at postmortem or, if M. bovis is cultured from the set of lymph glands that are routinely collected at postmortem and sent to a state veterinary laboratory for culture.

3“Closed” refers to a gastrointestinal tract case in which the lymph nodes had not caseated and there was no perceived contact with the outside of the body cavity, as there would be a with a known respiratory (open) infection involving the lungs.

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