African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
Vol. 10, No. 1, 2007, pp. 77-82
Bioline Code: md07011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2007, pp. 77-82
© Copyright 2007 - Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
Reduced Plasma Levels of Essential Trace Elements in Mycobacterium bovis Infected Cattle In Nigeria.|
Cadmus, S.I.B. & Arinola, O.G.
Ninety-four (94- 39 infected, 55 un-infected with M. bovis) cattle were screened at an abattoir and a farm in Ibadan, Southwestern, Nigeria over a period of eight weeks for bovine tuberculosis. The levels of essential trace elements (Zn, Fe, Se, Cu and Mn) in the plasma collected from 39 Mycobacterium bovis infected cattle and 55 M. bovis free cattle were measured using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The result shows significant reduction between pλ0.01 and pλ0.001 in the levels of all the nutritionally essential trace elements except manganese in the M. bovis infected cattle compared with the un-iinfected ones. Mineral supplementation is therefore advocated in cattle herds in areas where bovine tuberculosis is endemic.
Bovine tuberculosis, trace-elements, reactive oxygen species, immune system, Africa.