University of Pennsylvania study on tuberculosis

The University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine is conducting a study of a type of tuberculosis in Basset Hounds known as Systemic Avian Tuberculosis or Mycobacterium Avian Complex, or MAC. MAC is characterized by enlarged lymph nodes, fever, diarrhea, weight loss and respiratory problems. Some otherwise healthy Basset Hounds succumb to this disease, while healthy dogs of other breeds (as well as healthy humans) are generally resistant.

This susceptibility also occurs in Miniature Schnauzers, and Penn has developed a genetic test for Miniature Schnauzers susceptible to MAC. Penn now wants to develop a similar test for Basset Hounds.

If you own or are aware of a Basset Hound diagnosed with MAC, the veterinarians at Penn would like you to contact them to arrange for a small blood sample and pedigree to be sent to aid in their research.

Click here for PDF documents describing the MAC study in detail, as well as a submission form for blood samples and instructions for collecting the samples. The submission form is also available as an MSWord file.

For more information, contact Prof. Urs Giger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .