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Volume 12, Number 7—July 2006


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 2

Detection and isolation of Leptospira from imported animals in the company

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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