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Infection of free-living carnivores with leptospires of the Australis serogroup
  1. SC Hathaway,
  2. TW Little,
  3. SA Headlam and
  4. AE Stevens

Abstract

Leptospires belonging to the Australis serogroup were isolated from badgers (Meles meles), mink (Lutreola lutreola) and a fox (Vulpes vulpes). Most isolates were identified by cross-agglutination absorption as serovar muenchen but one isolate from a fox from Surrey and one isolate from a badger from Northern Ireland were identified as serovar bratislava. Maintenance of serovar muenchen by a wide range of free-living species is an ecological condition unique to Great Britain.

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