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Emerg Infect Dis. 2002 Dec;8(12):1497-500.

Naturally occurring Ehrlichia chaffeensis infection in two prosimian primate species: ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) and ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata).

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Duke University Primate Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705, USA. cathy.williams@duke.edu

Abstract

A naturally occurring infection of Ehrlichia chaffeensis in lemurs is described. DNA of Ehrlichia chaffeensis was identified by polymerase chain reaction in peripheral blood from six of eight clinically ill lemurs. Organisms were cultured from the blood of one lemur exhibiting clinical and hematologic abnormalities similar to those of humans infected with E. chaffeensis.

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12498671
PMCID:
PMC2738504
DOI:
10.3201/eid0812.020085
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