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The presence of leprosy in Eurasian red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) was first described in Scotland in 2014.1
Initially, the causative agent identified was Mycobacterium lepromatosis.1, 2 Consecutive studies demonstrated the presence of M lepromatosis in red squirrels in other areas, including the Isle of Arran, Isle of Wight and the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, an alternative causative agent, Mycobacterium leprae, was identified in red squirrels exclusively on Brownsea Island.3
While it is currently unknown whether M lepromatosis has ever …
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