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


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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