Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Leptospira spp. In goats, the productive impact of leptospirosis is not well known and totally unknown in Santa Catarina (SC), Brazil. This study aimed to investigate leptospirosis seroprevalence and its risk factors in goats in the west side of SC. A total of 654 blood samples were analyzed using the microscopic agglutination technique and 35.47% (232) of the animals were seropositives. Except for serogroup Autumnalis, positive samples for all other serogroups were found as follows: Sejroe (Hardjo, Wolffi). , Grippotyphosa (Grippotyphosa). , Canicola (Canicola). , Icterohaemorrhagiae (Icterohaemorrhagiae, Copenhageni). , Australis (Australis, Bratislava) and Pomona (Pomona). The contact among sheep and goats, and the addition of concentrate as food supplement were found to be risk factors for leptospirosis. Based on these results, we conclude that there is a high occurrence of anti- Leptospira antibodies in goats in the Western part of Santa Catarina State.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Research in veterinary science|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC) and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), for the financial support.
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