Leptospira noguchii and human and animal leptospirosis, Southern Brazil

Silva, Éverton F., Cerqueira, Gustavo M., Seyffert, Núbia, Seixas, Fabiana K., Hartwig, Daiane D., Athanazio, Daniel A., Pinto, Luciano S., Queiroz, Adriano, Ko, Albert I., Brod, Claudiomar S., and Dellagostin, Odir A. (2009) Leptospira noguchii and human and animal leptospirosis, Southern Brazil. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 15 (4). pp. 621-623.

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[Extract] Pathogenic leptospires, the causative agents of leptospirosis, exhibit wide phenotypic and genotypic variations. They are currently classified into 17 species and >200 serovars (1,2). Most reported cases of leptospirosis in Brazil are of urban origin and caused by Leptospira interrogans (3). Brazil underwent a dramatic demographic transformation due to uncontrolled growth of urban centers during the last 60 years. Urban slums are sites of poor sanitation that favors rat-borne transmission of leptospirosis among humans. Thus, this may explain the major involvement of serovar Copenhageni (L. interrogans). The predominance of L. interrogans is likely due to the underestimation of rural cases of leptospirosis.

Item ID: 37425
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1080-6059
Funders: Co-ordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior Foundation, Brazilian Government, Bio-Manguinhos, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (OCF), Brazilian Ministry of Health (BMH), Brazilian National Research Foundation (CNPq), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
Projects and Grants: BMH 09224-7, CNPq 300.861/96-6, NIH AI-052473,, NIH TW-00919
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 04:05
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060502 Infectious Agents @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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