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Volume 81, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Ten isolates were cultured from blood drawn from black rats () captured in the Tel Aviv area. Genetic characterization included amplification and sequencing of five gene fragments including the , and and the 16S–23S intergenic spacer region. Sequence comparisons showed that all 10 isolates were identical in all genes studied comprising a total of 3,873 bp analyzed. The sequences of each of the partial genes analyzed indicated a high sequence similarity (97–99.8%) to or . The sequence was 100% homologous to a genotype identified in in Dhaka, Bangladesh, suggesting the existence of a widespread Asian strain infecting the black rats ( ). The detection of a genotype closely related to in the biggest metropolitan center in Israel warrants further study of its zoonotic potential and pathogenic characteristics.

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  • Received : 25 Dec 2008
  • Accepted : 14 Apr 2009

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