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su´ri`cat


n.1.(Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine (Suricata suricatta or Suricata tetradactyla) having a lemurlike face and only four toes; called also mierkat, yellow mongoose and zenick.
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The recent outbreak of tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis in suricats and mongooses was one of the first documented spillovers of a human disease within a wildlife population (13).
We describe outbreaks of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a human pathogen, in free-ranging banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) in Botswana and suricates (Suricats suricatta) in South Africa.
Twelve troops of free-living suricates were monitored daily by behavioral ecologists from the universities of Cambridge and Pretoria (6).