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Research regarding anti-PGL-I antibodies by ELISA in wild armadillos from Brazil.

Translated Title
Pesquisa de anticorpos anti PGL-I através de ELISA em tatus selvagens do Brasil
Abstract

Armadillos have been involved in leprosy transmission and are considered a source of Mycobacterium leprae in numerous reports. Clinicians from certain areas of the USA consider contact with armadillos a risk factor for leprosy. However, there is a challenge associated with the role of wild armadillos perpetuating human leprosy in the American Continent. The presence of anti-PGL-I antibodies was investigated in wild nine-banded armadillos from leprosy-endemic areas in State of Espirito Santo, Brazil, by ELISA performed on serum samples from 47 armadillos. Positive ELISA was obtained from 5 (10.6%) armadillos. Infected armadillos may play some role in leprosy transmission, disseminating bacilli in the environment, perhaps making it more difficult to interrupt transmission and reduce the number of new leprosy cases. ELISA is an efficient tool for seroepidemiological investigations of Mycobacterium leprae in armadillos.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Deps PD
Antunes JM
Faria C
Bührer-Sékula S
Camargo ZP
Opromola DV
Tomimori J
Year of Publication
2008
Journal
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Volume
41 Suppl 2
Number of Pages
73-6
Date Published
2008
Language
eng, por
ISSN Number
1678-9849
DOI
10.1590/s0037-86822008000700015
Alternate Journal
Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop.
Publication Language
eng, por