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FERNANDES, Juciê Jales et al. Leptospira interrogans infection in tegu lizard (Tupinambis merianae), Brazil. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2020, vol.50, n.12, e20200424.  Epub Nov 23, 2020. ISSN 1678-4596.

We used 12 tegu lizards (Tupinambis merianae) from northeastern Brazil, and we reported nine (75%) Leptospira sp. PCR-positive animals and six (50%) seropositive. Leptospira sp. DNA sequencing revealed 99% similarity with L. interrogans. Our findings indicated that this species may play a role in the transmission of human leptospirosis.

Keywords : wild hosts; leptospirosis; reptiles; semiarid.

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