Veterinary Students Study Tuberculosis at Kruger National Park, South Africa
During the summer of 1996, we had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to study the problem of Mycobacterium bovis infection in one of Africa's premiere national wildlife reserves-Kruger National Park. Thanks to financial support from Merck Pharmaceuticals (Merck Summer Research Scholarship Program) and the ISU CVM International Scholarship fund, we spent a total of 6 weeks with veterinary professionals dealing with all aspects of this infectious disease problem. The first four weeks were spent in the reserve assisting the Park Veterinary Staff (Dr. Roy Bengis and Dr. Dewald Keet) with daily activities, as well as working on specific projects related to the M. bovis problem. This was then followed by a two-week stay at Onderstepoort Research Institute where we learned the technology related to diagnostic evaluation of M. bovis infection.