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Volume 8, Number 12—December 2002

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Naturally Occurring Ehrlichia chaffeensis Infection in Two Prosimian Primate Species: Ring-tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta) and Ruffed Lemurs (Varecia variegata)

Cathy V. Williams*Comments to Author , Jan L. Van Steenhouse†, Julie M. Bradley‡, Susan I. Hancock‡, Barbara C. Hegarty‡, and Edward B. Breitschwerdt‡
Author affiliations: *Duke University Primate Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA; †Antech Diagnostics, Smyrna, Georgia, USA; ‡North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;

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Photomicrograph of a lymphocyte from a lymph node aspirate containing Ehrlichia morula (arrow). Stain is with Wright’s-Giemsa.

Figure. Photomicrograph of a lymphocyte from a lymph node aspirate containing Ehrlichia morula (arrow). Stain is with Wright’s-Giemsa.

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1 Approximately 1 year after the outbreak in this report, E. chaffeensis was amplified by PCR from an ill lemur in Virginia that was unrelated to the Duke colony. The clinical and hematologic manifestations were consistent with those seen in lemurs in this report.

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