Non-tuberculous mycobacteria isolated from slaughter pigs in Mubende district, Uganda
AffiliationCentre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, P.O. Box 8146 Dep, 0033, Oslo, Norway
Department of Biosecurity, Ecosystems and Public Health (BEP), College Of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Biosecurity Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Norwegian Veterinary Institute, P.O. Box 750, N-0106, Oslo, Norway
Section for Arctic Veterinary Medicine, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Stakkevollveien 9010, Tromsø, Norway
College of Medicine, University of Arizona, 1656 E. Mabel St, P.O. Box 245221, Tucson, AZ, 85724, USA
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CitationMuwonge et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2012, 8:52 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1746-6148/8/52
JournalBMC Veterinary Research
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AbstractP=0.049) as factors associated with high prevalence of mycobacteria in slaughter pigs.CONCLUSIONS:This study demonstrated a high prevalence of NTM infections among slaughter pigs in Mubende district of Uganda. M. avium was the most prevalent of all NTM isolated and identified. Free range system of pig management and valley dam water were the most significant factors associated with NTM prevalence in Mubende district. These findings could be of a major public health concern given that it is in a predominantly pork consuming population with 18% HIV/AIDS prevalence. Therefore, stringent post-mortem inspection at the slaughter houses is of paramount importance to reduce human exposure.
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