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Emergence of new leptospiral serovars in American Samoa - ascertainment or ecological change?

Lau, Colleen; Skelly, Chris; Smythe, Lee D; Craig, Scott; Weinstein, Philip

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Background: Leptospirosis has recently been discussed as an emerging infectious disease in many contexts, including changes in environmental drivers of disease transmission and the emergence of serovars. In this paper, we report the epidemiology of leptospiral serovars from our study of human leptospirosis in American Samoa in 2010, present evidence of recent serovar emergence, and discuss the potential epidemiological and ecological implications of our findings. Methods: Serovar epidemiology...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/153069
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2334-12-19
Access Rights: Open Access

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