The strain was isolated from a patient in Sri Lanka during the period 1965-1966 and is mentioned by Chernukha et al. in the Fifth inf.Exch.in Lept. (WHO, 1968) as a separate serovar named weerasinghe.
Nityananda and Harvey (1971) considered the strain to be a new serovar. During the TSC meeting of 1986 the strain was recognized as representing a new serovar and was included in the Revised serovar list (1988). However, it was subsequently realized that no typing results and valid description had been published. Consequently, the serovar has now been placed in the Annex of the attached updated serovar list.
Annex. Strains, not published but studied in References Laboratories and considered to be new serovars.
* Nityananda K., Harvey T. Leptospirosis in Ceylon. Epidemiological and Laboratory Studies. Ceylon J. Med. Sci. 20, 1971, 5-14.
* TSC meeting, 1986, Manchester: Minutes. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 37, 1987, 472-473.
* Kmety E., Dikken H. Revised List of Leptospira Serovars (accepted by the Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Leptospira). University Press Groningen, 1988, p. 16.
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