Rapid and efficient diagnosis of leptospirosis in an aborted foal by PCR of gastric juice

Laboratory of Veterinary Bacteriology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rua Hernani Mello 101, Sala 309, Niteroi, RJ 24210-130, Brazil.
Veterinary Microbiology (Impact Factor: 2.51). 05/2012; 160(1-2):274-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.05.030
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