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Abstract

An increasing number of species originally isolated from small mammals have been identified as emerging human pathogens. During an investigation of infection in rodent populations carried out in Taiwan in 2006, a total of 58 rodents were tested. It was determined that 10.3 % (6/58) of the animals were bacteraemic. After PCR/RFLP analysis, four isolates were identified as and one isolate as . However, there was one specific isolate with an unrecognized PCR/RFLP pattern. After further sequence and phylogenetic analyses of the , and genes, and the 16S–23S rRNA intergenic spacer region, the results indicated that this specific isolate from was closely related to human pathogenic ‘’. Further studies need to be conducted to evaluate whether this rodent species could be a reservoir for ‘’.

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