Systematics of Leptospiraceae

  • Paul N. LevettEmail author
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 387)


Leptospires are spirochetes that may be free-living saprophytes found in freshwater or may cause acute or chronic infection of animals. The family Leptospiraceae comprises three genera: Leptospira , Leptonema , and Turneriella . Within the genus Leptospira, three clades can be distinguished, of pathogens, nonpathogens, and an intermediate group. Leptospires are further divided into serovars; antigenically related serovars are clustered into serogroups for convenience.


Pathogenic Strain Heterologous Antigen Pathogenic Leptospira Leptospira Interrogans Genus Leptospira 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saskatchewan Disease Control LaboratoryReginaCanada

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