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1 April 1987 Surveillance for Naturally Acquired Leprosy in a Nine-banded Armadillo Population
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Samples from 77 nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) inhabiting a 16.7 km portion of the East Atchafalaya River Levee, Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana, were serologically tested and/or histopathologically examined for evidence of naturally acquired leprosy. Five of 67 (7.5%) armadillos tested seropositive with ELISA test for IGM class antibodies to the phenolic-glycolipid-1 antigen of Mycobacterium leprae. One of 74 (1.3%) was histopathologically positive as determined by presence of acid-fast bacteria in nerves.

Stallknecht, Truman, Hugh-Jones, and Job: Surveillance for Naturally Acquired Leprosy in a Nine-banded Armadillo Population
D. E. Stallknecht, R. W. Truman, M. E. Hugh-Jones, and C. K. Job "Surveillance for Naturally Acquired Leprosy in a Nine-banded Armadillo Population," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 23(2), 308-310, (1 April 1987). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-23.2.308
Received: 8 August 1986; Published: 1 April 1987
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