Isolation of Mycobacterium bovis from a feral wild boar (Sus scrota) in the UK.
This article discusses the first isolation of Mycobacterium bovis from a wild boar in UK. The collected mandibular, lateral-retropharyngeal and prescapular lymph nodes revealed thick yellow and caseous material. Histopathological lesions in mandibular lymph nodes are suggestive of mycobacterial lymphadenitis. Colonies of Mycobacterium bovis are isolated and cultured, and confirmed by spoligotyping. The potential impact of wild boar as reservoir host of M. bovis in livestock and public health is low based on Defra's risk assessment.