Pathogenic Leptospira spp. in bats, Madagascar and Union of the Comoros

Lagadec, Erwan, Gomard, Yann, Guernier, Vanina, Dietrich, Muriel, Pascalis, Hervé, Temmam, Sarah, Ramasindrazana, Beza, Goodman, Steven M., Tortosa, Pablo, and Dellagi, Koussay (2012) Pathogenic Leptospira spp. in bats, Madagascar and Union of the Comoros. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18 (10). pp. 1696-1698.

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[Extract] To the Editor: Leptospirosis is a zoonosis of global distribution; incidence rates are particularly high in tropical areas (1). Leptospirosis is a major public health problem on islands in the southwestern Indian Ocean, particularly La Réunion, Mayotte, and the Seychelles (where incidence rates are among the highest in the world) (1). In contrast, no human case has been reported on the nearby islands of Madagascar and Union of the Comoros. However, the recent demonstration of pathogenic Leptospira spp. in small mammals introduced to Madagascar suggests possible transmission from free-living animals to humans (2).

Item ID: 44753
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1080-6059
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Emerging Infectious Diseases is an open access journal published monthly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Funders: Fonds Européen de Développement Régional Programme Opérationnel de Coopération Territoriale Réunion (FEDER POCT), European Community FP7 Capacity RegPot Run-Emerge Program
Projects and Grants: FEDER POCT Pathogènes Associés à la Faune Sauvage Océan Indien #31189
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 00:55
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060504 Microbial Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920120 Zoonoses @ 100%
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