Suncus as a Potential Reservoir of Leptospirosis: The Blaming of the Shrew
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 2 MANILA (PHILIPPINES)
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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.
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