Naturally occurring Ehrlichia chaffeensis infection in two prosimian primate species: ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) and ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata).


Journal Article

A naturally occurring infection of Ehrlichia chaffeensis in lemurs is described. DNA of Ehrlichia chaffeensis was identified by polymerase chain reaction in peripheral blood from six of eight clinically ill lemurs. Organisms were cultured from the blood of one lemur exhibiting clinical and hematologic abnormalities similar to those of humans infected with E. chaffeensis.

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Cited Authors

  • Williams, CV; Van Steenhouse, JL; Bradley, JM; Hancock, SI; Hegarty, BC; Breitschwerdt, EB

Published Date

  • December 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1497 - 1500

PubMed ID

  • 12498671

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12498671

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1080-6059

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1080-6059

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3201/eid0812.020085


  • eng