Re: Leprosy/road kill

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From:"Sarah Christo" <>
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Date:Thu, 19 Aug 1999 09:32:34 -0500
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Dear Janet,
   Contrary to popular belief, here in Texas, we do not collect our control tissues off the road, only dinner (just kidding). I would contact someone at UTMB in Galveston.  The first tissues I cut there were armadillo ears and they were full of leprosy.  Remember the next president of the US will be from Texas.  Yee Ha.   

Sarah Christo, HT (ASCP)
Texas A&M University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Dept. of Vet. Anatomy & Public Health
College Station, TX  77868-4458

>>> "Tunnicliffe, Janet" <> 08/18 6:17 PM >>>
This is a plea to all Histo techs but especially those in Texas.  I need to
get some Leprosy ( Wade Fite  positive) control material. I would prefer
human tissue, however I  have it on very good authority that the nine banded
armadillos (Road kill) are infected with  this mycobacterium. Does anyone
have any tissue blocks that they are willing to share, or exchange? I have a
reasonable sized control bank so may have just what you are looking for.
Here in the Canadian west we are seeing more and more of an immigrant
population from third world countries, and an increase in requests for
Leprosy stains on the skin biopsies. However no cases are positive so
although it is good for the patient I can not raid my surgical files for
control material.

Thanks for any assistance.

Janet Tunnicliffe ART				Fax     (604) 585-5562
Charge Technologist Histopathology		Phone (604) 588-3384
Surrey Memorial Hospital			email 
13750  96th. Ave.,
Surrey, B.C. Canada

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