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We found antibodies to leptospires in 25 (18%) of 141 wild boars from Berlin (95% confidence interval 12-25). Seropositivity was associated with chronic interstitial nephritis (odds ratio 10.5; p=0.01), and leptospires were detected in kidney tissues. Wild boars represent a potential source for human leptospirosis in urban environments.
BACKGROUND In August 2006, a case of leptospirosis occurred in an athlete after a triathlon held around Heidelberg and in the Neckar river. In order to study a possible outbreak and to determine risk factors for infection an epidemiological investigation was performed. METHODS Participants of the triathlon were contacted by e-mail and were asked to fill(More)
Leptospirosis is a reemerging anthropozoonosis in developing and developed countries [1, 2], and Leptospira spp are endemic to a multitude of domestic and wild animals that shed the infectious pathogen in their urine [1]. Humans usually become infected through contact with urinecontaminated water or soil. Wild boars (Sus scrofa) are well known as animal(More)
BACKGROUND Leptospirosis in dogs is a multiorgan disease affecting mostly kidneys and liver. OBJECTIVES The objective was to characterize prevalence, clinical, and radiological features and outcome of dogs with leptospirosis and pulmonary abnormalities. ANIMALS Fifty dogs with leptospirosis. METHODS Medical records of dogs diagnosed with leptospirosis(More)
Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonosis in which dogs can act as a reservoir for human infection. The annual vaccination of dogs can prevent leptospirosis caused by serovars included in the vaccine. To date, all available vaccines in Germany include only the serovars Icterohaemorrhagiae and Canicola, the most commonly found serovars prior to the introduction(More)
BACKGROUND Although leptospirosis is a reemerging zoonosis of global importance, outbreaks related to agricultural exposures are primarily situated in tropical countries. In July 2007, a suspected leptospirosis outbreak was recognized among strawberry harvesters from Eastern Europe who were working in Germany. An investigation was initiated to identify the(More)
In this study we compared two routine PCR systems for the detection of Leptospira spp. and assessed their performance when directly applied to kidney samples from small mammals. Although the kappa value of 0.9 indicated a high level of agreement between the tests, the outer membrane lipoprotein gene lipl32 based PCR was more robust and showed a higher(More)
  • C Staak, E Luge
  • Zentralblatt für Veterinärmedizin. Reihe B…
  • 1995
Calves received colostrum either with (positive colostrum) or without (negative colostrum) anti-Salmonella typhimurium antibodies. Regarding the detectability of copro-antibodies, the following observations have been made. In calves that had been given positive colostrum on day 4 post natum (p.n.), copro-antibodies were detectable over 7 days, while in(More)
INTRODUCTION Weil's disease is a severe, potentially fatal illness following Leptospira interrogans infection. The reported case of a patient suffering from acute renal failure, jaundice, thrombocytopenia, rhabdomyolysis and encephalitis syndrome highlights the clinical challenge in reference to Weil syndrome complicated by Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)(More)
Pregnant cows were vaccinated at ablactation by infusion of heat inactivated S. dublin or S. typhimurium into the mammary gland in order to protect their offsprings via colostrum against salmonellosis. This method of vaccination is based upon statements according to which specific IgA and IgM play a prominent role in respect of protection. Both Ig classes(More)