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Encuesta acerca de Leptospira interrogans mediante RCP en roedores salvajes procedentes de diferentes áreas urbanas de Palermo, Italia Leptospira interrogans survey by PCR in wild rodents coming from different urban areas of Palermo, Italy

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Author(s): María Vitale | Carobelo Di Bella | Stefano Agnello | Victoria Curro | Domenico Vicari | Fabrizio Vitale

Journal: Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical
ISSN 0375-0760

Volume: 59;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Leptospira | PCR | rodent reservoir | Palermo city

ABSTRACT
DNA extracted from the kidneys of rodents captured in different urban areas of Palermo, Italy, had been analysed for the presence of pathogenic L. interrogans sensu latu DNA. PCR analysis had shown that in rodents captured close to green areas and small river up to 40% animals give positive PCR results. Not many cases of human leptospirosis are reported in Sicilian island in which hot season is usually dry. But considering climate change toward subtropical aspect in Sicily, with hot humid summer and sudden thunderstorm, screening for L.interrogans sensu latu prevalence can be useful for leptospirosis risk analysis on human population.
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