Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, June 3rd, 1996
Old and New World monkeys are susceptible to tuberculosis, but studies of naturally acquired tuberculosis indicate that the degree of susceptibility varies among the different species. The rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) is highly susceptible to the disease. Even when challenged with low doses of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the rhesus invariably develops an acute, fulminant, highly fatal form of tuberculosis.
"As the only established model of tuberculosis, the rhesus was used extensively...
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