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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Oct;81(4):695-7. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2009.09-0252.

The microscopic agglutination test (MAT) is an unreliable predictor of infecting Leptospira serovar in Thailand.

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  • 1WHO/FAO/OIE Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Leptospirosis, Western Pacific Region, Communicable Disease Unit, Queensland Health Scientific Services, Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

A prospective study in Thailand identified 106 patients with culture-proven leptospirosis. The accuracy of the microscopic agglutination test (MAT) in predicting the infecting serovar was evaluated in 78/106 (74%) patients with a diagnostic titer. MAT correctly determined the infecting serovar in 26 cases (33%), indicating that this assay is a poor predictor of infecting serovar in our setting.

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