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DIAGNOSIS OF LEPTOSPIROSIS, BRUCELLOSIS & MELIOIDOSIS DISEASES IN HUMAN CONDUCTED IN VRI.

The Veterinary Research Institute provides diagnostic services for diseases such as Leptospirosis (caused by Leptospira sp.), Melioidosis (caused by Burkhorlderia pseudomallei) and Brucellosis (Brucella abortus) in humans as requested by the Health Department, Malaysia. In 2009, a total of 71 samples were received by the Serology Unit requesting for diagnosis of these diseases. Of this, 53 samples were tested for Leptospirosis, 1 for Melioidosis and 17 for Brucellosis. All samples were human sera collected by the Ipoh General Hospital from patients suspected to harbor these diseases. Results indicated 7 samples were positive for Leptospirosis, using microscopic agglutination test (MAT). All samples submitted for melioidosis were negative using Complement fixation test (CFT). For Brucellosis, the tests conducted for Brucella abortus were CFT, Brucella Coomb's Test, Brucella Rose Bengal Plate Test (RBPT) and Brucellosis Serum Agglutination Test (SAT). All samples were found to be negative for brucellosis. The highest number of samples received were in April and October, 14 and 16 samples respectively, with most of the samples tested for Leptospirosis. These diseases are zoonotic in nature and diagnosis will aid in early detection and treatment of the diseases in the human population. Subsequently, samples from animals, especially livestock were also tested to help eradicate these diseases.

Naama T., Khor S.K., Zainab Z., Mazlan L., Chin S.W., Azmaliza A.A., Norashikin S.S., Aminah Kadariah A.L., Surayani A.R., Vijaan G. & Ramlan M.

Veterinary Research Institute, 59 Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 31400, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Corresponding Author: naama@jphvri.com.my

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Naama T., Khor S.K., Zainab Z., Mazlan L., Chin S.W., Azmaliza A.A., Norashikin S.S., Aminah Kadariah A.L., Surayani A.R., Vijaan G. & Ramlan M. DIAGNOSIS OF LEPTOSPIROSIS, BRUCELLOSIS & MELIOIDOSIS DISEASES IN HUMAN CONDUCTED IN VRI.  47th MSPTM 2010 (ORAL) & 22nd VAM CONGRESS 2010 (POSTER)


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