Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 201, Issue 8, pp 1047–1051 | Cite as

Identification of clonal complexes of Mycobacterium bovis in Brazil

  • Érica Bravo Sales
  • Andrea Padilha de Alencar
  • Mikael Arrais Hodon
  • Paulo Martins Soares Filho
  • Antonio Francisco de Souza-Filho
  • Andrey Pereira Lage
  • Marcos Bryan Heinemann
  • Antônio Augusto Fonseca JúniorEmail author
Original Paper


Bovine tuberculosis is a disease that is widely distributed around the world. Its causative agent, Mycobacterium bovis, has characteristics of a microorganism with clonal multiplication in populations with no evidence of genetic exchange between strains, and, consequently, a group of strains can be identified as descending from a common ancestor. The aim of this study was to investigate the clonal complexes of M. bovis isolated from samples of lesions suggestive of bovine tuberculosis collected from slaughterhouses in various states of Brazil between 2006 and 2012. Ninety samples were analyzed, and it was found that 14.4% belonged to the clonal complex European1 and 81.1% to the clonal complex European2, while 4.65% were not identified as any of the four known complexes.


Clonal complex Mycobacterium bovis Bovine tuberculosis Epidemiology 



We thank Dr. Ricardo Augusto Dias (VPS/FMVZ/USP) for his help in drawing up the map.


Funding was provided by Núcleo de Estudos, Pesquisa e Assessoria à Saúde and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Érica Bravo Sales
    • 1
  • Andrea Padilha de Alencar
    • 2
  • Mikael Arrais Hodon
    • 1
  • Paulo Martins Soares Filho
    • 1
  • Antonio Francisco de Souza-Filho
    • 3
  • Andrey Pereira Lage
    • 4
  • Marcos Bryan Heinemann
    • 3
  • Antônio Augusto Fonseca Júnior
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratório Nacional Agropecuário de Minas GeraisPedro LeopoldoBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório Nacional Agropecuário de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Zoonoses Bacterianas, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Saúde Animal, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e ZootecniaUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Laboratório de Bacteriologia Aplicada, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva, Escola de VeterináriaUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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