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14 December 2012 MOLECULAR DIAGNOSIS OF LEISHMANIA AMAZONENSIS IN A CAPTIVE SPIDER MONKEY IN BAURU, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
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The municipality of Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil, is an area endemic for leishmaniasis. At the zoo, a spider monkey (Ateles paniscus) showed nonpathognomonic symptoms, such as weight loss and pale mucous membranes. Blood was collected from the jugular vein and investigated for the presence of Leishmania spp. DNA by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism. Parasite DNA was detected, and the pattern observed was identical to Leishmania amazonensis. This study presents molecular evidence of L. amazonensis infection in a captive spider monkey.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Valéria Marçal Felix de Lima, Maria Emília Bodini Santiago, Leticia da Cruz Sanches, and Beatriz Dolabela de Lima "MOLECULAR DIAGNOSIS OF LEISHMANIA AMAZONENSIS IN A CAPTIVE SPIDER MONKEY IN BAURU, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 43(4), 943-945, (14 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.1638/2012-0059R1.1
Received: 9 March 2012; Published: 14 December 2012
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