Serologic survey for leptospirosis in Arizona beef cattle in 1981.

Abstract

Sera from 1,215 beef cattle in Arizona were evaluated by leptospiral microscopic agglutination test in 1981. Over 25% had agglutinins to greater than or equal to 1 of 5 serovars of Leptospira interrogans used as antigens (canicola, grippotyphosa, hardjo, icterohaemorrhagiae, and pomona) at a titer of greater than or equal to 1:100, and 8.2% had titers of greater than or equal to 1:400 to greater than or equal to 1 serovars. The most common serovar to which reactions were detected was hardjo; agglutinins were detected at titers of greater than or equal to 1:100 in 14.3% and of greater than or equal to 1:400 in 5.5%. Cross reactions were rare at serum dilutions greater than or equal to 1:100 (2%) and extremely rare at greater than or equal to 1:400 (0.7%). Because vaccination with leptospiral bacterins is seldom practiced in Arizona beef cattle, a titer of greater than or equal to 1:100 may be useful in estimating incidence and prevalence of the disease and as an aid to diagnosis of leptospirosis.

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@article{Songer1983SerologicSF, title={Serologic survey for leptospirosis in Arizona beef cattle in 1981.}, author={J. Glenn Songer and Carla Chilelli and Mariah M. Marshall and Ted H Noon and Rudolph Meyer}, journal={American journal of veterinary research}, year={1983}, volume={44 9}, pages={1763-4} }