An investigation of the effects of secondary processing on Mycobacterium spp. in naturally infected game meat and organs

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dc.contributor.author Van der Merwe, Mac
dc.contributor.author Michel, Anita Luise
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-27T07:04:29Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-27T07:04:29Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.description.abstract The risk for humans to contract bovine tuberculosis through the consumption of undercooked game meat as well as biltong (traditionally dried game meat) is a concern. The survival potential of Mycobacterium bovis during the cooking and drying processes was researched in a preceding study on beef and the positive results compelled the authors to investigate the results with a similar preliminary study on game meat. Muscular, lymphatic and visceral tissues from skin test positive African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) with tuberculous lesions were collected from the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park during the park’s culling programme. The different tissues were exposed to cooking and the muscular tissue to the drying process prior to culture. All acid-fast isolates were analysed by polymerase chain reaction for the presence of Mycobacterium bovis. All tissues were found negative for Mycobacterium bovis but non-tuberculous mycobacteria were isolated from kidney, liver, heart and lymph nodes. The results showed that these processes will kill Mycobacterium bovis but the unexpected recovery of non-tuberculous mycobacteria suggests possible survival and resistance characteristics of these strains which might be of veterinary public health interest. en
dc.identifier.citation Van der Merwe, M & Michel, AL 2010, 'An investigation of the effects of secondary processing on Mycobacterium spp. in naturally infected game meat and organs', Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 166–169. [http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_savet.html] en
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2809
dc.identifier.other 55978917900
dc.identifier.other N-8996-2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/15077
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher South African Veterinary Association en
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dc.rights South African Veterinary Association en
dc.subject Cooking en
dc.subject Drying en
dc.subject Kudu en
dc.subject Mycobacterium bovis en
dc.subject Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) en
dc.subject Zoonotic risk en
dc.subject.lcsh Mycobacterium en
dc.subject.lcsh Wildlife as food en
dc.subject.lcsh Veterinary public health en
dc.subject.lcsh African buffalo en
dc.subject.lcsh Greater kudu en
dc.title An investigation of the effects of secondary processing on Mycobacterium spp. in naturally infected game meat and organs en
dc.type Article en


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