Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a devastating disease that affects both humans and animals.

In human populations TB is the leading cause of death by a single infectious agent causing 1.6 million deaths annually. In domestic animals TB not only has a major impact on productivity but also represents a zoonotic risk to humans in countries without a control TB-programme.

Additionally, TB is able to impact wild-life populations with certain species having a key role in disease transmission pathways. TB is caused by different species of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and The Tuberculosis Research Group at the RVC are a diverse group of scientists that include Molecular Bacteriologists, Immunologists and Epidemiologists using One Health approaches to find solutions to improve the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of TB in both human and animal populations.

Top of page