Isolation and identification of Mycobacterium bovis in cattle slaughtered from an abattoir in Garanhuns, Pernambuco

Stephanie Caroline Gueiros Silva, Amanda de Deus Ferreira Alves, Tássio José de Oliveira Almeida, Pamella Christhine Lins de Sá, Antonio Franciso de Souza Filho, Nicolás Céspedes Cárdenas, José Soares Ferreira Neto, Marcos Bryan Heinemann, Sérgio Santos de Azevedo, Márcia Bersane Araujo de Medeiros Torres


Tuberculosis is a chronic infectious disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (CMT), members including M. bovis. The sanitary inspection in slaughterhouses has a great importance on public health for the removal of contaminated meat with pathological lesions. Cattle slaughtered in the abattoir of Garanhuns were subjected to macroscopic, histological, bacteriological, and molecular analyses. Lung inspection revealed gross lesions suggestive of tuberculosis. The characterization of tuberculous granulomas was performed by histopathology and hematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining. The identification of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) was performed on smears with fresh material and histological staining using Ziehl-Neelsen stain. Bacteriological diagnosis was carried out using Stonebrink and Lowenstein-Jensen media, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed from the DNA extracted from colonies for the identification of Mycobacterium spp. We found that 1% (32/3,.180) of the collected lungs showed lesions suggestive of tuberculosis. Histopathological analysis revealed that 65.62% (21/32) samples had granulomatous pneumonia. AFB was detected in 46.88% (15/32) smears and 4.16% (1/24) histological sections, as analyzed by Ziehl-Neelsen staining. Moreover, 68.75% (22/32) samples showed bacterial growth and molecular identification 90% (18/20) of the samples were positive for M. bovis and 10% (2/20) for Mycobacterium sp. Thus, microbiological culture and PCR analyses revealed the high rate of bovine tuberculosis in this region, indicative of the need to disclose these results in the interest of public health. Consequently, we emphasize the need for an accurate macroscopic evaluation of lesions suggestive of bovine tuberculosis.


Granuloma; Pneumonia; Public health.

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Semina: Ciênc. Agrár.
Londrina - PR
E-ISSN 1679-0359
DOI: 10.5433 / 1679-0359
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