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Intestinal TB found in dead Australian sea lion pup

Mycobacterium pinnipedii, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis in seals and sea lions, was found in the abdomen of a 3-year-old sea lion found dead on a Kangaroo Island, Australia, beach in 2017, researchers reported in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. The finding suggests the pathogen can be transmitted through urine and feces, and greater surveillance is needed to assess the endangered species' risk, says the study's senior author, veterinarian pathologist Rachael Gray.

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