[Histonet] Leprosy controls

Tony Henwood AnthonyH <@t> chw.edu.au
Thu Jun 4 18:04:04 CDT 2009


Robert S. Richmond (in an old Histonet post) remarks that "leprosy
requires control tissue containing the etiologic agent of the disease,
Mycobacterium leprae, which has never been cultured. It is an acid-fast
organism, but it does not have the same staining characteristics as
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and there is no substitute for it as a
control. Leprosy commonly affects armadillos, and if a suitable human
specimen is not available then infected armadillo liver is recommended."

We don't have any armadillos in Australia, but I believe you should be
able obtain some in the USA.


Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager & Senior Scientist
Tel: 612 9845 3306
Fax: 612 9845 3318
the children's hospital at westmead 
Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead 
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145, AUSTRALIA 

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Sent: Friday, 5 June 2009 2:11 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] Leprosy controls

Greetings!  Does anyone know of a source for M. leprae control slides?
Tried both HCS and AMT - both are out of stock with no re-stocking date.
Diana Goodwin
Supervisor, Anatomic Pathology
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
e-mail goodwind@ pahosp.com

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