Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in grazing cattle in central Ethiopia

Gobena Ameni*, Martin Vordermeier, Rebuma Firdessa, Abraham Aseffa, Glyn Hewinson, Stephen V. Gordon, Stefan Berg

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A preliminary study to characterise mycobacteria infecting tuberculous cattle from two different management systems in central Ethiopia was carried out. Approximately 27% of isolates from grazing cattle were Mycobacterium tuberculosis, while cattle in a more intensive-production system were exclusively infected with M. bovis. The practice of local farmers discharging chewed tobacco directly into the mouths of pastured cattle was identified as a potential route of human-to-cattle transmission of M. tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-361
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2011


  • Cattle
  • Ethiopia
  • Human
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Transmission
  • Tuberculosis


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