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Bull Soc Pathol Exot. 2009 Feb;102(1):19-20.

[Tailless tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus): natural maintenance host of leptospires?].

[Article in French]

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Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage, Cellule technique océan Indien s/c DIREN Réunion, 12 allée de la Forêt, Parc de la Providence 97400 Saint-Denis, la Réunion.


In order to know if the Tailless tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus), endemic insectivorous mammal of Madagascar and present only on Indian Ocean islands, is a natural maintenance host of leptospires carrier in La Reunion, we conducted a research of anti-leptospire antibodies by microagglutination test in 37 individuals. 81.1% of serums tested were positive, (> 1/50) with the highest titers for the Icteroharmorrhagiae serogroup. So, in la Reunion, the Tailless tenrec can be suspected of being a reservoir of leptospires. A more detailed study should confirm or not this hypothesis and should possibly quantify its importance.

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