Serological survey of anti-Leptospira spp. antibodies in Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia) at the Curitiba Zoo, southern Brazil

Vivien M. Morikawa, Cristina K. Zimpel, Igor A.D. Paploski, Mariana Kikuti, Vanessa Castro, Marcia O. Lopes, Alexander W. Biondo, Ivan R.de Barros Filho

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Abstract

Leptospirosis is a worldwide zoonosis, affecting humans, domestic and wild animals. The present study aimed to evaluate prevalence of anti-Leptospira spp. antibodies in Barbary sheep at the Curitiba zoo. Microscopic agglutination test (MAT) was performed using 17 serogroups. Antibodies against Leptospira spp. were observed in 23.5% samples and Icterohaemorrhagiae was the only prevalent serogroup. The presence of anti-Leptospira antibodies in Barbary sheep indicates exposure to leptospires; thus monitoring and preventive measures are necessary in zoo's captive animals, since they can act as sentinels of environmental exposure in an area with high movement of people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-146
Number of pages4
JournalPesquisa Veterinaria Brasileira
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Ammotragus lervia
  • Anti-Leptospira antibodies
  • Bacterioses
  • Barbary sheep
  • Leptospirosis
  • Zoo

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