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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-63

Isolation of leptospira javanica from urine sample of an acute renal failure case in Chennai : India


Department of Microbiology, Dr. A.L.M. Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Chennai 600 113

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R Saravanan
Department of Microbiology, Dr. A.L.M. Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Chennai 600 113

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ABSTRACT: Thirty eight acute renal failure cases with the clinical suspicion of leptospirosis during the months of July to November 1996 were screened for leptospiral aetiology. Twenty seven (71 percent) seropositive cases were diagnosed by microscopic agglutination test, and among these cases three were also positive by direct dark field microscopy of their urine samples. Isolation was successful in only one of these seropositive cases. The isolate was identified as Leptospira interrogans javanica (serogroup) javanica (serovar). This was the first report of L. javanica isolation from a human source in the city of Chennai (Tamil Nadu).






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