Mokala National Park veterinary quarantine has been lifted after more than a year under quarantine as a result of a buffalo bull testing positive for Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the cause of animal and human tuberculosis respectively.
The bull in question tested positive for both bovine and human tuberculosis just over a year ago. The park and South African National Parks (SANParks) Kimberley holding facility were placed under quarantine following the finding, until tuberculosis free status could be established. This included the standstill in movement of all susceptible species from Mokala.
According to SANParks Senior Veterinary Manager, David Zimmermann three scenarios were initially put forward as to the source of infection:
· exposure of the buffalo to bovine tuberculosis at MNP as a result of a break in biosecurity;
· exposure to the disease while in the holding facilities at Kimberley and