Diagnosis of tuberculosis in goats

  • Ferreira Enderson
Keywords: tuberculosis, goats, diagnosis, tuberculin skin test


Lesions caused by Mycobacterium bovis in the lungs and lymph nodes of sheep and goats are similar to those seen
in cattle, and the organism may sometimes disseminate to other organs. Sheep and goats are quite resistant to M
tuberculosis infection. The intradermal skin test is commonly used for diagnosis. Tuberculosis in goats is usually
diagnosed clinically, at postmortem, or by a positive skin test. However, none of these approaches detects all
infected animals. Serology offers an additional tool to identify infected animals missed by current tests. In this
paper, tuberculin skin test is explained for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in goats.