Mycobacterium avium disease in wild red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa)

Javier Millán, Christian Gortazar, Rafael Villafuerte

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Three wild red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa) from intensively managed hunting areas in Spain were received for necropsy. They showed granulomatous lesions in different parts of the body, mainly in liver and spleen. Microscope examination of the granulomas showed central caseous necrosis and large amounts of acid-fast bacilli, surrounded by epitheloid cells, giant cells, and lymphocytes. Attempts to isolate and culture the bacillus in Colestsos medium were unsuccessful, but the polymerase chain reaction technique revealed the presence of microorganisms belonging to the Mycobacterium avium complex in one of the partridges. This is the first report of avian tuberculosis in free-living red-legged partridges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-99
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004


  • Alectoris rufa
  • Avian tuberculosis
  • Gamebird
  • Mycobacterium avium
  • Red-legged partridge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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