Antibodies to Leptospira interrogans in goats and risk factors of the disease in Santa Catarina (West side), Brazil

Josué Topazio, Alexandre A. Tonin, Gustavo Machado, Jessica C.G. Noll, André Ribeiro, Anderson B. Moura, Guilherme M. Carmo, Hyolanda M. Grosskopf, Jorge L.R. Martins, Manoel R.T. Badke, Lenita M. Stefani, Leandro S. Lopes, Aleksandro S. Da Silva

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalResearch in veterinary science
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC) and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), for the financial support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Goat
  • Leptospirosis
  • Prevalence
  • Zoonosis


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