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Serological titres to Leptospira fainei serovar hurstbridge in human sera in Australia

  • R. J. CHAPPEL (a1), D. A. KHALIK (a1), B. ADLER (a2), D. M. BULACH (a2), S. FAINE (a2) (a3), P. PEROLAT (a4) and V. VALLANCE (a2)...

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A set of 723 diagnostic sera from human patients, submitted for the microscopic agglutination test (MAT) for antibodies to a group of 6 leptospiral serovars, was also tested by MAT for antibodies to the recently-discovered Leptospira fainei serovar hurstbridge. MAT titres of [ges ]128 to serovar hurstbridge were detected in 13·4% of these sera, and titres of [ges ]512 in 7·2%. In contrast, none of 62 sera obtained from a control population of laboratory staff gave titres of [ges ]128. The difference between the number of titres of [ges ]128 given by the two groups of sera was highly significant (P<0·01). The titres observed may have been due to cross-reactions with other leptospiral serovars, but this could not be demonstrated. An alternative explanation is that serovar hurstbridge is present in the human population.

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Serological titres to Leptospira fainei serovar hurstbridge in human sera in Australia

  • R. J. CHAPPEL (a1), D. A. KHALIK (a1), B. ADLER (a2), D. M. BULACH (a2), S. FAINE (a2) (a3), P. PEROLAT (a4) and V. VALLANCE (a2)...

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