oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Trapping and serum testing of rodents caught prior to the outbreak of plague in Rhodesia

Volume 22, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Indirect-haemagglutination and haemagglutionation-inhibition tests for antibodies to Yersinia pestis were performed on 337 rodent sera collected at five sites in Rhodesia prior to the first recorded cases of plague in humans. The sera of 78 cats and 63 dogs from Salisbury and elsewhere in Mashonaland were also tested. Rodent sera were uniformly negative but there were non-specific reactors among cats and dogs. The details of trapping of 2 246 rats, mice, shrews and dormice of 17 species in seven localities are presented to indicate the relative distribution and prevalence of the species encountered.

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