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Prevalence of Leptospira species among farmed and domestic animals in Greece
  1. A. R. Burriel, DVM, PhD, MSc, MRCVS1,
  2. C. Dalley, HNC2 and
  3. M. J. Woodward, PhD, BSc3
  1. 1 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Thessaly, Karditsa 43100, Box 199, Greece
  2. 2 Laboratory Testing Division
  3. 3 Department of Bacterial Diseases, Veterinary Laboratories Agency - Weybridge, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  1. Department of Bacterial Diseases, Veterinary Laboratories Agency - Weybridge, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB

Abstract

A total of 1527 serum samples from pigs, goats, sheep, cattle and dogs in Greece were examined by the microscopic agglutination test and 11.8 per cent of them had antibodies against one or more Leptospira serovars at titres of 1/100 or more. The predominant serovar affecting farm animal species was Bratislava, and Copenhageni was common among dogs and the second most important serovar when all animals were considered together. Another prevalent serovar was Australis, but antibodies to Pomona were detected only in goats and cattle.

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