Leptospirosis in Squirrels Imported from United States to Japan

  title={Leptospirosis in Squirrels Imported from United States to Japan},
  author={Toshiyuki Masuzawa and Yoshihiro Okamoto and Yumi Une and Takahiro Takeuchi and Keiko Tsukagoshi and Nobuo Koizumi and Hiroki Kawabata and Shuji Ohta and Yasuhiro Yoshikawa},
  booktitle={Emerging infectious diseases},
We diagnosed leptospirosis in 2 patients exposed to southern flying squirrels imported from the United States to Japan. Patients worked with exotic animals in their company. Leptospira isolates from 1 patient and 5 of 10 squirrels at the company were genetically and serologically identical and were identified as Leptospira kirschneri. 

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