A sick, emaciated lemur surrendered to a rescue facility in southwestern Madagascar in 2019 had a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, which the animal probably contracted from sharing food, objects or air with an infected person, researchers reported in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The lemur was probably one of some 30,000 kept as a pet on the island despite a ban on the lemur pet trade, and the findings should be "an alarm to the authorities and people who have kept lemurs illegally," said primatologist Jonah Ratsimbazafy, president of the International Primatological Society.
Lemur's TB likely reverse zoonosis
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