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Antibodies against Leptospira spp. in Captive Collared Peccaries, Peru

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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DOI: 10.3201/eid1305.060027
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Letters.indd LETTERS Emerging Infectious Diseases • • Vol. 13, No. 5, May 2007 793 Emerging Infectious Diseases • • Vol. 13, No. 5, May 2007 793 controls. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006;12: 1175–6. 7. Chung JY, Han TH, Hwang ES, Ko JS, Seo JK. Prevalence and genotypes of transfusion-transmitted virus in children with hepatitis [in Korean]. Korean J Pedi- atr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005;8:202–12. 8. Chua PK, Nerurkar VR, Yu Q, Woodward CL, Melish ME, Yanagihara R. Lack of association between Kawasaki syndrome and infection with parvovirus B19, human herpesvirus 8, TT virus, GB virus C/hepa- titis G virus or Chlamydia pneumoniae. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2000;19:477–9. Address for correspondence: Tae Hee Han, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Sanggyepaik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, 761-1 Nowon-Gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea; email: [email protected] Antibodies against Leptospira spp. in Captive Collared Peccaries, Peru To the Editor: Leptospirosis is endemic to tropical South America and is a major public health problem for persons living in some regions of the Amazon Basin (1–3). For lo- cal inhabitants, the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu) represents a major source of meat and income and is one of the most hunted species. As a result, several farms are attempting to produce captive collared peccaries (4). Although spirochetes have been isolated from bats, marsupials, and rodents in the Peruvian Amazon (5), local popular game animals have not been tested. From May through December 2003, 96 collared peccaries from 4 experimental farms in 2 Amazonian provinces of Peru (Loreto and Ucay- ali) were surveyed for antibodies against Leptospira spp. Although the initial stock of each farm came from the wild, most animals had been born in captivity, remained on their respec- tive farms, and had no contact with an- imals from the different farms. Blood samples were taken from animals that wer

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