Mycobacterium caprae

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Mycobacterium caprae
Scientific classification
M. caprae
Binomial name
Mycobacterium caprae
Aranaz et al. 2003,[1] ATCC BAA-824

Mycobacterium caprae is a species of bacteria in the genus Mycobacterium and a member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. The species is named after the caprines, the organisms from which M. caprae was first isolated.[2] Prior to 2003, the species was referred to as Mycobacterium tuberculosis subsp. caprae.[1] It is also synonymous with the name Mycobacterium bovis subsp. caprae.[citation needed]

M. caprae is a causative agent of tuberculosis in humans.[3][4] The species has also been isolated from tuberculous lesions in cattle, pigs, deer, and wild boars,[5] as well as from camels and bison.[6]

Individual infected with Mycobacterium caprae -Non-contrast MRI of brain shows slight atrophy, ventricular enlargement and cerebral microangiopathy


  1. 1.0 1.1 Aranaz A, Cousins D, Mateos A, Domínguez L (November 2003). "Elevation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis subsp. caprae Aranaz et al. 1999 to species rank as Mycobacterium caprae comb. nov., sp. nov". Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 53 (Pt 6): 1785–9. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.02532-0. PMID 14657105.
  2. Aranaz, A.; Liebana, E.; Gomez-Mampaso, E.; Galan, J.C.; Cousins, D.; Ortega, A.; Blazquez, J.; Baquero, F.; Mateos, A.; Suarez, G.; Dominguez, L. (July 1, 1999). "Mycobacterium tuberculosis subsp. caprae subsp. nov.: A taxonomic study of a new member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex isolated from goats in Spain". International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology.
  3. Rodríguez E, Sánchez LP, Pérez S, et al. (December 2009). "Human tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis and M. caprae in Spain, 2004–2007". Int. J. Tuberc. Lung Dis. 13 (12): 1536–41. PMID 19919773.
  4. Kubica, T.; Rusch-Gerdes, S.; Niemann, S. (1 July 2003). "Mycobacterium bovis subsp. caprae Caused One-Third of Human M. bovis-Associated Tuberculosis Cases Reported in Germany between 1999 and 2001". Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 41 (7): 3070–3077. doi:10.1128/JCM.41.7.3070-3077.2003. PMC 165304. PMID 12843046.
  5. Rodríguez, Sabrina; Bezos, Javier; Romero, Beatriz; de Juan, Lucía; Álvarez, Julio; Castellanos, Elena; Moya, Nuria; Lozano, Francisco; Javed, M. Tariq; Sáez-Llorente, José L.; Liébana, Ernesto; Mateos, Ana; Domínguez, Lucas; Aranaz, Alicia; Tuberculosis, Monitoring of Animal (March 2011). "Mycobacterium caprae Infection in Livestock and Wildlife, Spain". Emerging Infectious Diseases. 17 (3): 532–535. doi:10.3201/eid1703.100618. PMC 3165998. PMID 21392452.
  6. Pate, M.; Švara, T.; Gombač, M.; Paller, T.; Žolnir-Dovč, M.; Emeršič, I.; Prodinger, W. M.; Bartoš, M.; Zdovc, I.; Krt, B.; Pavlik, I.; Cvetnić, Ž.; Pogačnik, M.; Ocepek, M. (October 2006). "Outbreak of Tuberculosis Caused by Mycobacterium caprae in a Zoological Garden". Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Series B. 53 (8): 387–392. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0450.2006.01000.x. PMID 17010043.

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