Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 1047–1048 | Cite as

Mycobacterium bovis, but also M. africanum present in raw milk of pastoral cattle in north-central Nigeria

  • Simeon I. B. Cadmus
  • Mohammed K. Yakubu
  • Abdullahi A. Magaji
  • Akinbowale O. Jenkins
  • Dick van Soolingen
Brief Communication


Using deletion typing technique, five mycobacteria isolated from unpasteurised milk samples from cows in north-central Nigeria were characterized as Mycobacterium bovis (n = 4) and M. africanum (n = 1). This report emphasizes that transmission between the animal and human reservoir is a serious threat in Nigeria.


Mycobacterium bovis Pasteurization Zoonosis Milk Nigeria 



Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex


N-acetyl-L-cysteine Sodium hydroxide


National Population Commission


Regions of difference





The authors are immensely grateful to Dr. Kehinde Adesokan and Dr. Charity Agada for technical assistance. We are also grateful to Dr Femi Faleke for his support at the inception of the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simeon I. B. Cadmus
    • 1
  • Mohammed K. Yakubu
    • 2
  • Abdullahi A. Magaji
    • 2
  • Akinbowale O. Jenkins
    • 3
  • Dick van Soolingen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive MedicineUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Public Health and Animal ProductionFaculty of Veterinary Medicine, Usmanu Danfodiyo UniversitySokotoNigeria
  3. 3.Department of Veterinary Tropical DiseaseFaculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  4. 4.National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)BilthovenThe Netherlands

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