Serological detection of anti-leptospiral antibodies in outdoor cats in Switzerland

Hässle, Sarah Noëmi; Rodriguez-Campos, Sabrina; Howard, Judith; Speiser- Fontaine, Christelle; Schuller, Simone (2019). Serological detection of anti-leptospiral antibodies in outdoor cats in Switzerland. Veterinary and animal science, 8, p. 100068. Elsevier 10.1016/j.vas.2019.100068

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Leptospirosis is endemic in Switzerland affecting a broad range of hosts. The aim of this study was to estimate the exposure of cats to Leptospira in Switzerland. Plasma samples from 107 outdoor cats with an array of clinical problems were tested via microscopic agglutination test for the presence of anti-leptospiral antibodies against 12 serovars of 9 serogroups. Using a reciprocal cut-off titre of 1:100, an overall seroprevalence of 10.3% (95%CI 5.2–17.7) was observed. Seroreactivity against serovars Bratislava (n = 6), Australis (2), Pomona (3) and Copenhageni (1) was detected with reciprocal titres ranging from 1:100 to 1:800. The serologic status of the cats was independent of the disease group (p = 0.62). These results show that cats in Switzerland are commonly exposed to Leptospira and confirm the importance of serogroup Australis in this region.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic > Small Animal Clinic, Internal Medicine
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Central Clinical Laboratory
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology

UniBE Contributor:

Rodriguez, Sabrina; Howard, Judith and Schuller, Simone

ISSN:

2451-943X

Publisher:

Elsevier

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Virbac

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simone Schuller

Date Deposited:

21 Nov 2019 11:23

Last Modified:

24 Nov 2019 02:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.vas.2019.100068

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.135322

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135322

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