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The value of immunodiagnostic tests in detecting tuberculosis in an infected red deer herd and in eradication of the disease by selection.

Authors
  • Zomborszky, Z
  • Körmendy, B
  • Tuboly, S
  • Tilly, P
  • Horn, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta veterinaria Hungarica
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1995
Volume
43
Issue
4
Pages
385–392
Identifiers
PMID: 8882737
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The sensitivity and specificity of intradermal tuberculin test (Tb test) were studied in an infected red deer (Cervus elaphus) herd (n = 109) in comparison to the results of other examinations including gross pathology, histopathology, Mycobacterium bovis culture, and the lymphocyte-stimulation test (LST). In our case, relative sensitivity was 79.5% and relative specificity was 45.7%. The predictive value in negative and positive cases was 80.0% and 44.9%, respectively. On the basis of the results obtained, eradication of tuberculosis by the selection procedure from a herd of newly captured and colonized deer was performed using the Tb test. For the purposes of eradication by selection all deer responding to B-PPD were considered positive.

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