Non-tuberculous mycobacteria isolated from slaughter pigs in Mubende district, Uganda

Adrian Muwonge, Clovice Kankya, Tone B Johansen, Berit Djønne, Jacques Godfroid, Demelash Biffa, Vigdis Edvardsen, Eystein Skjerve

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The importance of infections caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in animals and humans has gained considerable recognition during the past few years. In the developed world, where pig production is extensively practiced, studies on mycobacterial infections and related control strategies have received increasing attention. The infections are reported to be caused by a wide spectrum of NTM. Unfortunately, these infections have been less recognized in sub-Saharan Africa owing to lack of awareness and systematic studies. In this study we aimed at isolating and identifying species of mycobacteria involved in causing infections in slaughter pigs in Mubende district of Uganda. Furthermore we wanted to identify factors associated with infection prevalence in the study area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52
JournalBMC Veterinary Research
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Swine
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Animals
  • Odds Ratio
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Mycobacterium Infections
  • Uganda
  • Swine Diseases
  • Water Microbiology
  • Lymph Nodes


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