Re: Leprosy/road kill

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From:Brown Alexander <>
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Date:Thu, 19 Aug 1999 19:33:00 +0100
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Hi Sarah,
	Perhaps if you hadn't spent all that time cutting armadillo
ears, they may have been able to hear the traffic coming at them  :)
	Sorry, poor taste to animal lovers,
		Alex Brown
		Kilmarnock, Scotland.
From: Sarah Christo
Subject: Re: Leprosy/road kill
Date: Thursday, August 19, 1999 3:32PM

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
get some Leprosy ( Wade Fite  positive) control material. I would prefer
human tissue, however I  have it on very good authority that the nine
armadillos (Road kill) are infected with  this mycobacterium. Does
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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