Accession Number:

AD0719438

Title:

Suncus as a Potential Reservoir of Leptospirosis: The Blaming of the Shrew

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 2 MANILA (PHILIPPINES)

Report Date:

1970-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Although the isolation of leptospirae from the musk shrew Suncus has not previously been reported, the agent was recovered with no great difficulty from two Suncus murinus in Taiwan and from two Suncus luzoniensis in the Philippines. The Taiwan isolates were both of the javanica serotype while the Philippine isolates were grippotyphosa and bataviae. Because the shrew is a commensal creature living in close proximity to man, his pets, his livestock, and his food, it is suggested that this little insectivore may play a hitherto unsuspected role in the transmission of urban as well as rural leptospirosis in Asia and the Pacific islands.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Microbiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE