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An assessment of caprine tuberculosis prevalence in Lubumbashi slaughterhouse, Democratic Republic of Congo


Caprine tuberculosis is a major health problem for goats and a major zoonosis of veterinary public health interest. In order to prepare a response to and control of caprine tuberculosis, to evaluate the potential risks to public health, and to assess the prevalence of the disease in Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, 656 goats that were slaughtered at the Kabasele abattoir of Mzee Laurent-Desire Kabila Market in Lubumbashi were subjected to rigorous veterinary inspection during June to August 2012. All goat specimens came from the Kasumbalesa, Kasenga, and Kipushi areas of Katanga province. Consequently, suspected organs presenting signs of tuberculosis were collected and examined using Ziehl-Neelsen stains for diagnosis. Through this investigative inspection in the province, we found an overall prevalence of caprine tuberculosis of 1.68%. Although females showed higher prevalence of caprine tuberculosis (1.07%) compared to males (0.61%), and adults showed higher prevalence (1.22%) than juveniles (0.45%), these comparisons were not statically significant. However, lung and intestine infection by tuberculosis showed significantly higher prevalence of positive cases (1.21 and 0.46%, respectively) (p < 0.05). Goats from Kasumbalesa had the highest prevalence of caprine tuberculosis (1.22%) compared to goats from Kipushi (0.31%) and Kasenga (0.18%). These findings show the risk of caprine tuberculosis in the province for the first time, and we therefore recommend the implementation of strict animal biosecurity and tuberculosis controlling protocols.

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We want to thank our colleagues who contributed to this study, including the veterinary medicine faculties, the Lubumbashi Veterinary Services, the Veterinarian Inspector, and the laboratory technicians. The authors would like to acknowledge the US Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) for their support to develop this manuscript. While DTRA/CBEP did not support the research described in this publication, the Program supported the presentation of this research in an international forum and supported grantsmanship training related to the development of this manuscript. The contents of this publication are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of DTRA or the US Government. Thanks to Rachel Campbell, Dr. Brad Brooks, and Dennis Lee (Metabiota, Inc.) for their support and for reviewing the manuscript in its final phase.

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WLL coordinated the study. MM directed the study; MK, NN, BN, and KM contributed to collection and analysis of the samples. TV, XP, and JPG participated in the data analysis and writing of the manuscript.

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Luboya, L.W., Malangu, M., Kaleka, M. et al. An assessment of caprine tuberculosis prevalence in Lubumbashi slaughterhouse, Democratic Republic of Congo. Trop Anim Health Prod 49, 875–878 (2017).

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  • Caprine tuberculosis
  • Zoonosis
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Veterinary public health