Volume 12, Number 7—July 2006
Leptospirosis in Squirrels Imported from United States to Japan
|Animal||No. samples positive/no. samples tested
|Kidney culture||flaB PCR|
|Spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus)||0/9||0/9|
|House mouse (species unknown)||0/4||0/4|
|Golden spiny mouse (Acomys russatus)||0/13||0/13|
|Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)||0/9||0/9|
|Southern flying squirrel (Graucomys volans)||5/10*||5/10*|
|Baluchistan pygmy jerboa (Salpingotulus michaelis)||0/20||0/20|
|Siberian chipmunk (Tamias sibiricus)||0/10||0/10|
*Four of 5 culture-positive animals were positive by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Remaining culture-positive animal was PCR negative, whereas 1 culture-negative animal was PCR positive.
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