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Volume 4, Number 2—June 1998

Dispatch

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection as a Zoonotic Disease: Transmission between Humans and Elephants

Kathleen Michalak*, Connie Austin†, Sandy Diesel*, J. Maichle Bacon*, Phil Zimmerman‡, and Joel N. Maslow§
Author affiliations: *McHenry County Department of Health, Woodstock, Illinois, USA; †Illinois Department of Public Health, Springfield, Illinois, USA; ‡University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, Illinois, USA; §Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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TB PPDa skin test results of animal handlers, Aug 1996 – Sep 1997

Positive Negative
Previously positive 1
Elephant handlers 4 6
Tiger handlers 4 4
Elephant handlers (converted) 2
Tiger handlers (converted) 1
Total 12 10

aTuberculin purified protein derivative.

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