Test detects strain of leptospirosis found in Tasmanian devils

Sunshine Coast University doctoral student Sarah Wynwood has developed a new test that detects leptopirosis antibodies in the blood of animals and people. She says it is faster and less expensive than conventional assays. The test detected a strain of the bacteria that had not previously been seen in Australia. The bacterium is carried by Tasmanian devils, whose numbers are already suffering due to a facial tumor disease. ABC (Australia) (8/19)

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