Leptospira Ballum Infection in a Shrew (Blarina Brevicauda Brevicauda)

Lawrence G. ClarkNew Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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Joseph I. KresseNew Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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Robert R. MarshakNew Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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Charles J. HollisterNew Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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Summary

Leptospira ballum was isolated from the kidney of one of three shrews (Blarina brevicauda brevicauda) live-trapped in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It is the first such isolation from a shrew in the United States.

Author Notes

Assigned to the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, by Laboratory Services, Animal Disease Eradication Division, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

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