Paratuberculosis in free-ranging fallow deer in Spain

Ignasi Marco, Maria Ruiz, Ramon Juste, Juan Manuel Garrido, Santiago Lavin

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Paratuberculosis was diagnosed in a population of approximately 1,000 free-ranging fallow deer (Dama dama) sampled from 1997-98 in the Regional Hunting Reserve of El Sueve (Asturias, Spain). Five of eight animals observed with diarrhea were diagnosed as having paratuberculosis on the basis of gross lesions at postmortem examination and histopathology. In two deer, Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis was cultured and identified by polymerase chain reaction. Indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunodiffusion tests were used to evaluate sera from 33 adult deer from this population. All fallow deer tested were seronegative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-632
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Dama dama
  • Fallow deer
  • Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis
  • Paratuberculosis
  • Spain


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