PHOTOS: TB's Jump From Humans to Mongooses Studied

PHOTOS: TB's Jump From Humans to Mongooses Studied
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February 20, 2009--It's well known that animal diseases can be transmitted to humans. But in Botswana several years ago, the first case was documented of a human disease, tuberculosis, emerging in free-ranging wildlife—in this instance, the banded mongoose.

These animals are not in danger of going extinct and live across southern Africa in large numbers. But wildlife experts are concerned that if a human disease can jump from humans to one wild animal, it can do the same with others.

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