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Int J Legal Med. 2008 May;122(3):229-33. Epub 2007 Oct 18.

Molecular detection of Leptospira interrogans in human tissues and environmental samples in a lethal case of leptospirosis.

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Department of Forensic Sciences, University of Siena, Policlinico Le Scotte, Viale Bracci, 53100 Siena, Italy. luchini2@unisi.it

Abstract

A forensic case of suspected Leptospirosis with fatal course was resolved by the molecular detection of Leptospira interrogans in postmortem human tissues and in environmental samples. Polymerase chain reaction analysis and DNA sequencing confirmed the clinical diagnosis of Weil syndrome, and the death was considered to be an occupational accident with all the legal implications.

PMID:
17943302
DOI:
10.1007/s00414-007-0212-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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