plague in south african rodents 1972-1981.sera from 3012 rodents of 24 species captured in south africa during the period 1972-81 were tested for antibody to the fraction 1 antigen of yersinia pestis by passive haemagglutination. antibodies were found in seven (0.23%) rodents of three species. these were desmodillus auricularis and tatera brantsii in the northern cape province and rhabdomys pumilio in the eastern cape province. rodents were found positive in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979, indicating that plague continues to circulate in rod ...19836868103
experimental plague infection in south african wild rodents.susceptibility studies were undertaken to determine the response of some south african wild rodent species to experimental plague (yersinia pestis) infection. a degree of plague resistance was found in three gerbil species captured in the plague enzootic region of the northern cape province, these being the namaqua gerbil, desmodillus auricularis, (ld50 1 x 10(6) organisms), the bushveld gerbil, tatera leucogaster, (ld50 9.1 x 10(5)) and the highveld gerbil, t. brantsii (ld50 4 x 10(2)). animals ...19863701038
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