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Leptospiral antibodies in the breeding goat population of Poland
  1. M. Czopowicz, DVM1,
  2. J. Kaba, DVM, PhD, DipECSRHM1,
  3. L. Smith3,
  4. O. Szalus-Jordanow, DVM, PhD2,
  5. M. Nowicki, DVM, PhD1,
  6. L. Witkowski, DVM, PhD1 and
  7. T. Frymus, DVM, PhD2
  1. Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Department of Large Animal Diseases with the Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 159c, 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
  2. Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Small Animal Diseases with the Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 159c, 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
  3. Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency – Weybridge, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence mczopowicz{at}gmail.com

In 2007, a survey was conducted on the prevalence of antibodies to 19 Leptospira serovars in goats in Poland . Sera were collected from adult females of all 49 breeding goat herds in Poland by applying simple random sampling. In total, 736 sera were tested by the microscopic agglutination test. A herd was considered seropositive if at least one goat with a titre of 100 or more was detected. Herd-level seroprevalence of Leptospira was 89.8 per cent and individual-level seroprevalence varied from less than 1.0 to 85.0 per cent among the herds. Antibodies to Leptospira serovars Zanoni, Bratislava, Autumnalis, Australis and Javanica were most frequently detected. Although 40.3 per cent of seropositive goats had high antibody titres (≥400), suggesting recent infection, no relationship with abortions or other clinical manifestation of leptospirosis in goats was detected.

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