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Volume 12, Number 7—July 2006

Dispatch

Leptospirosis in Squirrels Imported from United States to Japan

Toshiyuki Masuzawa*Comments to Author , Yoshihiro Okamoto*, Yumi Une†, Takahiro Takeuchi‡, Keiko Tsukagoshi‡, Nobuo Koizumi§, Hiroki Kawabata§, Shuji Ohta¶, and Yasuhiro Yoshikawa#
Author affiliations: *Chiba Institute of Science, Choshi, Japan; †Azabu University, Sagamihara, Japan; ‡Shizuoka Saisei-kai General Hospital, Shizuoka, Japan; §National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan; ¶Tokyo Quarantine Station, Kawasaki, Japan; #The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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Table 1

Microscopic agglutination titer of patients' sera collected while hospitalized and during the convalescent phase

Patient Leptospira strain used as antigen* Patient serum
Hospitalized Convalescent-phase
1 Serovar Grippotyphosa Moskva V <50 100
Animal isolate AM3 <50 800
Animal isolate AM1 <50 800
2 Serovar Grippotyphosa Moskva V <50 200
Animal isolate AM3 <50 200

*Samples were not reactive to a panel of representative serovars, Australis, Autumnalis, Carlos, Bataviae, Cynopteri, Hebdomadis, Copenhageni, Icterohemorrhagiae, Javanica, Pomona, Pyrogenes, Hardjo, Sejroe, Wolffi, and Tarassovi; serovars Canalzonae, Huanuco, Muelleri, and Valbuzzi belong to serogroup Grippotyphosa.

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