Author(s): Pattyn SR, Ursi D, Ieven M, Grillone S, Raes V
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Abstract Nose swabs from 4 paucibacillary (PB) and 8 multibacillary (MB) leprosy patients and their contacts were tested for the presence of Mycobacterium leprae by two polymerase chain reactions (PCR); 30\% of the samples contained inhibitors for the PCR, 1 of 52 (1.9\%) swabs and 13 of 164 (7.9\%) swabs were positive for M. leprae among contacts of PB and MB patients, respectively. Since this difference is not significant, and some positives were found among contacts of MB patients treated and cured of their infection, it is concluded that the observed infections are community acquired.
This article was published in Int J Lepr Other Mycobact Dis
and referenced in Molecular Biology: Open Access