Absence of tuberculosis in free-ranging deer in Nebraska

David J. Steffen, David W. Oates, Mauritz C. Sterner, Vickie L. Cooper

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Lymph nodes from 271 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in Nebraska (USA) were examined microscopically for tuberculoid lesions. Lymph nodes lesions in at least one node were found in 12 deer. Lesions were examined with Zeihl-Neelson acid fast stains and by polymerase chain reactions using M. bovis specific probes. No evidence of tuberculosis was found. The small granulomatous lesions were likely caused by other bacteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-107
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of wildlife diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999


  • Lymph nodes
  • Mycobacterium bovis
  • Odocoileus virginianus
  • Survey
  • Tuberculosis
  • White-tailed deer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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