Pathogenic Mycobacterium ulcerans were recovered from the stool of anole lizards up to 11 days after inoculation by stomach tube. M. ulcerans was isolated from the liver of 3 of 20 lizards and acid fast bacteria were seen in the mucosa of intrahepatic bile ducts in 2 of these 10 weeks post inoculation. These results provide equivocal support for our hypothesis that herpetofauna are a reservoir of infection with M. ulcerans.
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- Infectious Diseases