Tuberculosis in a rabbit: a case revisited

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There has been only one reported case of tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis in a free-living wild rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus. Because of continued interest in that case, the common classification of rabbits and hares in the family Leporidae and a current report of a case in a hare, this opportunity is taken to re-record the case in the rabbit in greater detail. The rabbit was submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Invermay Animal Health Laboratory in August, 1980. It was caught on an extensive sheep and cattle grazing property in the Ida Valley, Central Otago, by a dog belonging to a pest destruction worker. He noted that the rabbit was in poor condition despite ample available food resources…

Keywords: Bacterial; Mycobacterium; Pathology; Tuberculosis; Wildlife

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: September 1, 1993

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