Summary (continued)
Among these new spoligotypes, SB1955 was dominant. The spoligotype patterns of 85 M. bovis strains lacked spacer 30, a common characteristic of the M. bovis lineage African 1, described earlier in Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Nigeria. This study shows ongoing tuberculosis transmission involving M. bovis lineages not previously described as the leading cause of disease. It also shows a possible reverse zoonosis from humans to cattle.