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Tuberculosis of the parotid salivary gland in a kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros

A. Weber, W. van Hoven
Koedoe | Vol 35, No 1 | a394 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v35i1.394 | © 1992 A. Weber, W. van Hoven | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 September 1992 | Published: 22 September 1992

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A. Weber, University of Pretoria, South Africa
W. van Hoven, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease which has a worldwide distribution and affects most animal and bird species. In the eastern Cape this disease has been known to affect the kudu since the turn of the century. Pre-existing lesions on the ears become infected with mycobacteria which causes swelling of the parotid gland and lymph nodes draining the area. In this article a case of tuberculosis is described affecting the parotid salivary gland and surrounding pre-auricular lymph nodes. The importance of tracing these lesions is stressed in order to prevent infection of people consuming the meat.

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tuberculosis, kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, parotid salivary gland.

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