Animal Leptospirosis

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 387)


Leptospirosis is a global disease of animals , which can have a major economic impact on livestock industries and is an important zoonosis. The current knowledge base is heavily biased towards the developed agricultural economies. The disease situation in the developing economies presents a major challenge as humans and animals frequently live in close association. The severity of disease varies with the infecting serovar and the affected species, but there are many common aspects across the species; for example, the acute phase of infection is mostly sub-clinical and the greatest economic losses arise from chronic infection causing reproductive wastage. The principles of, and tests for, diagnosis , treatment , control and surveillance are applicable across the species.


Genital Tract Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Incidental Infection Seroprevalence Study Infected Herd 
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My grateful thanks are due to Professor N. Wright for the picture of acute Canicola infection a dog kidney and to the late Dr. S.W. Michna for the photograph of acute Canicola infection in a pig.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OIE Leptospira Reference LaboratoryAFBI Veterinary Sciences DivisionBelfastNorthern Ireland

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