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Leprosy as a zoonosis: an update.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3051854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Naturally-acquired leprosy has been reported in nine-banded armadillos captured in the southern United States, a chimpanzee from Sierra Leone, and in two "sooty" mangabey monkeys from Nigeria. A significant prevalence of leprosy in wild armadillos establishes this animal as a reservoir of M. leprae, and exposure to armadillos has been implicated as a source of leprosy in humans. Current evidence suggests that leprosy is a zoonosis in certain nonhuman primate species. Control and eradication programs for leprosy should take into consideration the possible influence of extra-human sources of M. leprae, especially zoonotic leprosy.
G P Walsh; W M Meyers; C H Binford; B J Gormus; G B Baskin; R H Wolf; P J Gerone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta leprologica     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0001-5938     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Leprol     Publication Date:    1988 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-11-23     Completed Date:  1988-11-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0037353     Medline TA:  Acta Leprol     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
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MeSH Terms
Armadillos / microbiology
Cercopithecidae / microbiology
Leprosy / transmission,  veterinary*
Monkey Diseases / transmission
Mycobacterium leprae / isolation & purification
Pan troglodytes / microbiology
United States
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