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Simian tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis or M. bovis is one of the most important bacterial diseases of non-human primates because it is widespread, highly contagious and can present extreme challenges in terms of diagnostics and management. In addition, the rising incidence of tuberculosis within the population and wildlife increases the risk of entry into primate-keeping facilities.

By popular request, a symposium on the issues of tuberculosis for primate husbandries was organized at the German Primate Center to inform about the current state of knowledge. The efficiency and interpretation of different test systems was emphasized and proceedings in case of positive reagents were discussed. A special focus was set on prophylactic measures. Summaries of the different topics were compiled in an abstract brochure. Currently, a new edition of this event is being planned.


Extended abstract volume:

Tuberculosis - return of a forgotten disease

Tuberculosis in nonhuman primates - the disease

Outbreak of Tuberculosis

Clinical aspects of tuberculosis in nonhuman primates

Diagnostic TB screening of great apes in Basel Zoo

Tuberculosis in nonhuman primates - an overview of diagnostic tools

PRIMAGAM®The primate interferon-ү test

How to act in positive cases - a practical guide

Tuberculosis - Flowchart how to act

Tuberculosis - Flowchart quarantine

Fact sheet tuberculosis


Relevant literature:

Outbreak of tuberculosis in a colony of Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) after possible indirect contact with a human TB patient

Guidelines for the prevention and control of tuberculosis in non-human primates

Positive intracutaneous test after administration of mammalian old tuberculin (MOT), grade 4 (source: DPZ).
Cavernous form of tuberculosis in a rhesus monkey (source: DPZ).
Histological picture of cavernous and granulomatous pneumonia caused by M. tuberculosis, HE staining (source: DPZ).