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Mystromys albicaudatus, the African White-Tailed Rat, as an Experimental Host for Leishmania donovani

J. W. Mikhail and N. S. Mansour
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 59, No. 6 (Dec., 1973), pp. 1085-1087
DOI: 10.2307/3278647
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3278647
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Mystromys albicaudatus, the African White-Tailed Rat, as an Experimental Host for Leishmania donovani
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Abstract

The course of Leishmania donovani infection was studied in the African white-tailed rat, Mystromys albicaudatus, and compared with that in the golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus. All hamsters died at about 40 days postinoculation but the white-tailed rat survived with high levels of parasites for more than a year with no apparent ill effects or tendency to spontaneous recovery. The easily bred, long-lived white-tailed rat is an excellent experimental host for in vivo maintenance and long-term experiments with L. donovani.

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