Captive elephants can spread tuberculosis to humans—'an issue that’s been ignored'

Packy, at Oregon Zoo, in Portland, gets his morning bath. He was euthanized in February 2017 after he developed a drug-resistant strain of TB.
Packy, at Oregon Zoo, in Portland, gets his morning bath. He was euthanized in February 2017 after he developed a drug-resistant strain of TB.

2020-09-04 - Portland, United States , RACHEL FOBAR

Today, an estimated 5 to 6 percent of the nearly 400 elephants in U.S. zoos, sanctuaries, and circuses are infected with TB. In the mid-1990s, after the deaths of several high-profile captive elephants in the United States, veterinarians became aware that the animals had the human strain of tuberculosis (TB). Since then, more than 60 captive elephants—some of which have since died—have been confirmed with the disease

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