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4 April 2018 Leptospira spp. in the Oral Cavity of Urban Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Vancouver, Canada—Implications for Rat-Rat and Rat-Human Transmission
Christina M. Donovan, Michael J. Lee, Kaylee A. Byers, Julie Bidulka, David M. Patrick, Chelsea G. Himsworth
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We tested the urine and saliva of 137 wild rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Vancouver, Canada, for the presence of Leptospira spp. Only one saliva sample was found positive and two were suspect, all from urine-positive rats (n=81), indicating that active shedding of leptospires in saliva is unlikely to occur.

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Christina M. Donovan, Michael J. Lee, Kaylee A. Byers, Julie Bidulka, David M. Patrick, and Chelsea G. Himsworth "Leptospira spp. in the Oral Cavity of Urban Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Vancouver, Canada—Implications for Rat-Rat and Rat-Human Transmission," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 54(3), 635-637, (4 April 2018). https://doi.org/10.7589/2017-08-194
Received: 12 August 2017; Accepted: 12 January 2018; Published: 4 April 2018
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