Pathogenic Leptospira in Commensal Small Mammals from the Extensively Urbanized Coastal Benin

  title={Pathogenic Leptospira in Commensal Small Mammals from the Extensively Urbanized Coastal Benin},
  author={G. Hou{\'e}m{\`e}nou and P. Gauthier and J. Etougb{\'e}tch{\'e} and Sylvestre A. Badou and H. Dossou and David Agossou and M. Picardeau and G. Dobigny},
  • G. Houémènou, P. Gauthier, +5 authors G. Dobigny
  • Published 2019
  • Biology
  • Leptospirosis is caused by spirochete bacteria of the genus Leptospira that affect one million and kill 60,000 persons annually in the world, who get infected through environmental mammal-excreted (notably rodent) pathogens. Using qPCR and DNA sequencing approaches, we here examine Leptospira occurrence and diversity in 971 commensal small mammals in urban and peri-urban habitats from south Benin, where socio-environmental conditions are favorable for human contamination. Prevalence reached 12… CONTINUE READING
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