An investigation was carried out to detect the presence of Mycobacterium bovis in slaughterhouses where intradermal tuberculin test positive cattle were slaughtered, and to evaluate the risk of contamination by M. bovis among exposed slaughterhouse workers. Swabs were taken from the carcasses of slaughtered animals showing autoptic signs of non-generalized forms of tuberculosis, thus authorized for free consumption. Swabs were also taken from the hands and clothes of the staff employed in the butchery production line. Environmental samplings were conducted on the slaughterhouse air using filters and air aspiration devices, and on water used to wash the carcasses after slaughter. Samples from the carcasses of healthy animals were also taken on a following slaughtering session. The swabs were analysed by means of Polymerase Chain Reaction for the detection of mycobacteria. M. bovis was detected on meats, on the hands of one worker, and in the washing water. The results obtained from this study confirm that workers are highly exposed to infection by zoonotic tuberculosis, and that cleaning procedures were ineffective in our setting.

Ciambrone, L., Gioffre, A., Musarella, R., Samele, P., Visaggio, D., Pirolo, M., et al. (2020). Presence of Mycobacterium bovis in slaughterhouses and risks for workers. PREVENTIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE, 181, 105072 [10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.105072].

Presence of Mycobacterium bovis in slaughterhouses and risks for workers

Ciambrone L.;Visaggio D.;Pirolo M.;Visca P.;
2020-01-01

Abstract

An investigation was carried out to detect the presence of Mycobacterium bovis in slaughterhouses where intradermal tuberculin test positive cattle were slaughtered, and to evaluate the risk of contamination by M. bovis among exposed slaughterhouse workers. Swabs were taken from the carcasses of slaughtered animals showing autoptic signs of non-generalized forms of tuberculosis, thus authorized for free consumption. Swabs were also taken from the hands and clothes of the staff employed in the butchery production line. Environmental samplings were conducted on the slaughterhouse air using filters and air aspiration devices, and on water used to wash the carcasses after slaughter. Samples from the carcasses of healthy animals were also taken on a following slaughtering session. The swabs were analysed by means of Polymerase Chain Reaction for the detection of mycobacteria. M. bovis was detected on meats, on the hands of one worker, and in the washing water. The results obtained from this study confirm that workers are highly exposed to infection by zoonotic tuberculosis, and that cleaning procedures were ineffective in our setting.
Ciambrone, L., Gioffre, A., Musarella, R., Samele, P., Visaggio, D., Pirolo, M., et al. (2020). Presence of Mycobacterium bovis in slaughterhouses and risks for workers. PREVENTIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE, 181, 105072 [10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.105072].
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