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chikungunya antibodies detected in non-human primates and rats in three indian ocean islands after the 2006 chikv outbreak.the role of terrestrial vertebrates in the epidemiology of chikungunya disease is poorly understood. we evaluated their exposure and amplification role during the 2006 chikungunya outbreak in the indian ocean. blood samples were collected from 18 mammalian and reptile species from reunion island, mauritius and mayotte. among the 1051 samples serologically tested for chikungunya virus (chikv), two crab-eating macaques (macaca fascicularis) and two ship rats (rattus rattus) proved to be exposed to ...201424885529
a quantitative ethnozoological assessment of traditionally used animal-based therapies in the tropical island of mauritius.there is currently a dearth of documentation on the use of animal-based therapies (abt) in mauritius. this study was therefore designed to gather primary folk knowledge on the different abt used by mauritians. failure to document such knowledge can results in losses in both the use of such remedies and in the scientific documentation of the cultural traditions of animals used in the treatment and/or management of human diseases. the aim of the study is to collect, analyze, document and dissemina ...201424824877
mauritius type black rats with peculiar karyotypes derived from robertsonian fission of small metacentrics.all seventeen black rats collected from mauritius island were characterized by having many extra small acrocentric autosomes. their basic karyotype was of oceanian type, because of the presence of the large metacentric m1 and m2 pairs, but chromosome numbers in 13 specimens among them were 42, those of 3 specimens 43, and those of the remaining one specimen 44. although the oceanian type rat had 2 small acrocentric autosomes (pair no. 13), 16 mauritius rats had 10 small acrocentrics, and the rem ...1979533663
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