Animal TB
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Division of Molecular Biology & Human Genetics

​Animal TB Research Group


  1. Sylvester, T.T., L.E.R. Martin, P. Buss, A.G. Loxton, J. Hofmeyer, G.A. Hausler, L. Rossouw, P. van Helden, S.D.C. Parsons, F. Olea-Popelka, and M.A. Miller. 2017. Use of a novel assay to measure the prevalence of Mycobacterium bovis infection in African lions (Panthera leo) in Kruger National Park. J. Wildl. Dis. 52:372-376.
  2. Clarke, C., S.J. Patterson, J.A. Drewe, P.D. van Helden, M.A. Miller, and S.D.C. Parsons. 2017. Development and evaluation of a diagnostic cytokine-release assay for Mycobacterium suricattae infection in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). BMC Vet. Res. DOI 10.1186/s12917-016-0927-x
  3. Martin, L.E.R., A.W. Byrne, J. O'Keeffe, M.A. Miller, and F.J. Olea-Popelka. 2017. Weather influences trapping success for tuberculosis management in European badgers (Meles meles). Eur. J. Wildl. Res. DOI 10.1007/s10344-017-1089-2
  4. De Lange, S.S., A. Fuller, A. Haw, M. Hofmeyr, P. Buss, M. Miller, and L.C.R. Meyer. 2017. Tremors in white rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum) during etorphine-azaperone immobilization. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. DOI 10.4102/jsava.v88i0.1466
  5. Miller, M., S. Davey, L. van Helden, F. Kettner, S. Weltan, R. Last, J. Grewar, L. Botha, and P. van Helden. 2017. Paratuberculosis in a domestic dog in South Africa. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. 88(0), a1441.
  6. Miller, M., P. Buss, P. van Helden, and S. Parsons. 2017. Mycobacterium bovis – report of tuberculosis in a free-ranging black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) in Kruger National Park, South Africa 2016. Emerg. Inf. Dis. 23:557-558.
  7. Dippenaar, A., S.D. Parsons, M.A. Miller, T. Hlokwe, N.G. van Pittius, S.A. Adroub, A.M. Abdallah, A. Pain, R.M. Warren, A.L. Michel, and P.D. van Helden. 2017. Progenitor strain introduction of Mycobacterium bovis at the wildlife-livestock interface can lead to clonal expansion of the disease in a single ecosystem. Inf. Genetics Evol. 2017 Apr 12. pii: S1567-1348(17)30125-9. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2017.04.012.
  8. Higgitt, R.L., P. Buss, P. van Helden, M.A. Miller, and S.D.C. Parsons. 2017. Development of a gene expression assay for detection of Mycobacterium bovis infection in spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta). African Zoology
  9. Michel, A.L., E.P. Lane, L.-M. deKlerk-Lorist, M. Hofmeyr, E.M.D.L. van der Heijden, L. Botha, P. van Helden, M. Miller, and P. Buss. 2017. Experimental Mycobacterium bovis infection in three white rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum): susceptibility, clinical and anatomical pathology. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0179943.
  10. ​Rosen, L.E., T.G. Hanyire, J. Dawson, C.M. Foggin, A.L., Michel, K.P. Huyvaert, M. Miller, and F.J. Olea-Popelka. 2017. Tuberculosis serosurveillance and management practices of captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. Transbound. Emerg. Dis. DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12764.
  11. Parsons, S.D.C., D. Morar-Leather, P. Buss, J. Hofmeyr, R. McFadyen, V.P.M.G. Rutten, P.D. van Helden, M.A. Miller, and A.L. Michel. 2017. The kinetics of the humoral and interferon-gamma immune responses to experimental Mycobacterium bovis infection in the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Front. Immunol. 8:1831. Doi:10.3389/fimmu.2017.01831
  12. Roos, E.O., F. Olea-Popelka, P. Buss, L.-M. de Klerk-Lorist, D. Cooper, P.D. van Helden, S.D.C. Parsons, and M.A. Miller. In review. Seroprevalence of Mycobacterium bovis infection in warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) in South Africa.
  13. Bernitz, N., C. Clarke, E.O. Roos, W.J. Goosen, D. Cooper, P.D. van Helden, S.D.C. Parsons, and M.A. Miller. In review. Detection of Mycobacterium bovis infection in African buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) using QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT) tubes and the Qiagen cattletype® IFN-gamma ELISA.
  14. Miller, M.A., M. Finnegan, T. Storms, M. Garner, and K.P. Lyashchenko. In review. Outbreak of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a herd of captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus): ante-mortem diagnosis, treatment and lessons learned.
  15. Miller, M.A., P. Buss, T.T. Sylvester, K.P. Lyashchenko, L.-M. de Klerk-Lorist, R. Bengis, M. Hofmeyr, J. Hofmeyr, N. Mathebula, G. Hausler, P. van Helden, E. Stout, S.D.C. Parsons, and F. Olea-Popelka. In review. Mycobacterium bovis in free-ranging lions (Panthera leo) – evaluation of serological and tuberculin skin tests for detection of infection and disease.
  16. Buss, P., M. Miller, A. Fuller, A. Haw, E. Stout, F. Olea-Popelka, and L. Meyer. 2017. Post-induction butorphanol administration alters oxygen consumption to improve blood gases in etorphine-immobilized white rhinoceros. Vet. Anesth. Anal. Xx:1-11.  ​