OIE Reports Bovine TB Outbreak in Panama15 August 2013
PANAMA - The veterinary authorities in Panama have reported an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in at a dairy cattle farm in Cocle.
The presence of Mycobacterium bovis, the causal agent, was confirmed on 8 August after a bacteriological examination and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was carried out at Diagnostic and Veterinary Research Laboratory (LADIV), the country's national laboratory.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 13 August 2013. According to the report, the situation was resolved on 9 August.
A total of 2000 cattle were found susceptible to the virus, out of which nine cases and one death were reported. No animals were destroyed.
Introduction of new live animals has been identified as the main source of the outbreak.
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