Avian Tuberculosis

Impacts

Wild and Domestic Birds, Humans, Pigs, Rabbits, and Mink

Overview / Symptoms

  • Caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium avium, which is generally transmitted via direct contact with other infected birds
  • All avian species are susceptible to infection
  • Humans, livestock, and wild mammals may also become infected, with pigs, rabbits, and mink being highly susceptible
  • Human infections are more likely to occur in those with weakened immune systems