NEW WILDLIFE HOSTS OF Leptospira interrogans IN CAMPECHE, MEXICO

  • Deborah V. ESPINOSA-MARTÍNEZ Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Facultad de Ciencias; Departamento de Biología Evolutiva
  • Daniel Sokani SÁNCHEZ-MONTES Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Facultad de Medicina; Unidad de Investigación en Medicina Experimental
  • Livia LEÓN-PANIAGUA Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Facultad de Ciencias; Departamento de Biología Evolutiva
  • César A. RÍOS-MUÑOZ Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Facultad de Ciencias; Departamento de Biología Evolutiva
  • Miriam BERZUNZA-CRUZ Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Facultad de Medicina; Unidad de Investigación en Medicina Experimental
  • Ingeborg BECKER Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Facultad de Medicina; Unidad de Investigación en Medicina Experimental

Abstract

Leptospira interrogans has been identified to cause leptospirosis, a widespread zoonotic disease that has been identified in domestic and wild animals. This work analyzed kidneys from two species of wild rodents from the state of Campeche, Mexico. Analyses were made by PCR using specific primers for detection of Leptospira interrogans DNA. The rodent species that tested positive were Heteromys gaumeri and Ototylomys phyllotis, both of which are new hosts for the bacteria in Southeastern Mexico. These records provide new insights into the disease’s transmission that should be studied carefully in order to identify other potential host species, including humans, which are at risk of becoming infected if they are in contact with infected wildlife.

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Published
2015-04-01
How to Cite
ESPINOSA-MARTÍNEZ, D., SÁNCHEZ-MONTES, D., LEÓN-PANIAGUA, L., RÍOS-MUÑOZ, C., BERZUNZA-CRUZ, M., & BECKER, I. (2015). NEW WILDLIFE HOSTS OF Leptospira interrogans IN CAMPECHE, MEXICO. Revista Do Instituto De Medicina Tropical De São Paulo, 57(2), 181-183. Retrieved from http://www.revistas.usp.br/rimtsp/article/view/100989
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Brief Communications