Clinical features of human tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium orygis in Southern India

Lydia Jennifer Sumanth, Christina Rachel Suresh, Manigandan Venkatesan, Abi Manesh, Marcel A. Behr, Vivek Kapur, Joy Sarojini Michael

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Mycobacterium orygis is a member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and causes tuberculosis in a variety of animals, including humans in South Asia. Here, we describe the clinical features associated with 8 human cases of whole genome sequence (WGS) confirmed M. orygis from a tertiary care hospital in South India during 2018–2019. The patient ages ranged from 9 to 51 years, with 5 females and 3 males included. All the patients had extrapulmonary disease with 2 having concomitant pulmonary involvement. Clinical improvement was documented after a full course of anti-tuberculosis therapy in 6 cases for whom follow-up was available. Taken together, the results show that M. orygis causes human tuberculosis in India, with a predominant extrapulmonary disease. Standardized molecular assays of this emerging member of the MTBC are needed to provide further information on the frequency of M. orygis infection in India and other countries where it is found in livestock and domestic wildlife.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100372
JournalJournal of Clinical Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases
StatePublished - Aug 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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