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Volume 14, Number 7—July 2008

Letter

Avian Mycoplasma lipofaciens Transmission to Veterinarian

Michael Lierz*Comments to Author , Andreas Jansen†, and Hafez M. Hafez*
Author affiliations: *Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany; †Robert Koch Institute, Berlin;

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Timeline of natural infection of veterinarian with Mycoplasma lipofaciens (strain ML64) from infected poults*

Finding Day
0 1† 2 3 4 5 6 7
Isolation M. l. M. l. M. l. M. l.
PCR result‡ ND ND ND ND +
Clinical signs None None None Throat pain, slight rhinitis Slight rhinitis, nasal pain None None None

*–, negative; M.l., Mycoplasma lipofaciens (identified by immunobinding assay); ND, not done; +, positive.
†Hatching of infected poults and demonstration of aerosol transmission among poults.
‡Detection of mycoplasma DNA per Lierz et al. (5).

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