Seroepidemiology of leptospirosis in Minnesota wolves

Journal of Wildlife Diseases
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Serum samples (n = 457) from wolves (Canis lupus) in northern Minnesota were collected from 1972 through 1986 and were tested for antibodies against Leptospira interrogans using a microtiter agglutination test. Twelve serovars included in the study were: australis, autumnalis, ballum, bataviae, bratislava, canicola, copenhageni, grippotyphosa, hardjo, pomona, pyrogenes, and tarassovi. Fifty-two (11%) sera had antibody titers of greater than or equal to 1:50 against one or more serovars of L. interrogans. The seroprevalence of different serovars in decreasing order was: grippotyphosa, bratislava, autumnalis, canicola, pomona, ballum, pyrogenes, hardjo, and copenhageni. No antibodies were found against australis, bataviae, and tarassovi. These results indicate that L. interrogans infection may occur in wolves of Minnesota.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Seroepidemiology of leptospirosis in Minnesota wolves
Series title Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume 27
Issue 2
Year Published 1991
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 248-253
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page 248
Last page 253