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Title: Short report: Leptospira species in floodwater during the 2011 floods in the bangkok metropolitan region, Thailand
Authors: Janjira Thaipadungpanit
Vanaporn Wuthiekanun
Narisara Chantratita
Surapon Yimsamran
Premjit Amornchai
Siriphan Boonsilp
Wanchai Maneeboonyang
Prapin Tharnpoophasiam
Natnaree Saiprom
Yuvadee Mahakunkijcharoen
Nicholas P.J. Day
Pratap Singhasivanon
Sharon J. Peacock
Direk Limmathurotsakul
Mahidol University
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
University of Cambridge
Keywords: Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2013
Citation: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Vol.89, No.4 (2013), 794-796
Abstract: Floodwater samples (N = 110) collected during the 2011 Bangkok floods were tested for Leptospira using culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR); 65 samples were PCR-positive for putatively non-pathogenic Leptospira species, 1 sample contained a putatively pathogenic Leptospira, and 6 samples contained Leptospira clustering phylogenetically with the intermediate group. The low prevalence of pathogenic and intermediate Leptospira in floodwater was consistent with the low number of human leptospirosis cases reported to the Bureau of Epidemiology in Thailand. This study provides baseline information on environmental Leptospira in Bangkok together with a set of laboratory tests that could be readily deployed in the event of future flooding. Copyright © 2013 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
ISSN: 00029637
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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