Serum antileptospiral agglutinins in freshwater turtles from Southern Brazil

Everton F Silva, Nubia Seyffert, Gustavo M Cerqueira, Karl P Leihs, Daniel A Athanazio, Ana LS Valente, Odir A Dellagostin, Claudiomar Brod

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In this study, we observed the presence of antileptospiral agglutinins in freshwater turtles of two urban lakes of Pelotas, Southern Brazil. Forty animals (29 Trachemys dorbigny and 11 Phrynops hilarii) were captured and studied. Attempts to isolate leptospires from blood and urine samples were unsuccessful. Serum samples (titer > 100) reactive to pathogenic strains were observed in 11 animals. These data encourage surveys of pet turtles to evaluate the risk of transmission of pathogenic leptospires to humans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227 - 230
Number of pages4
JournalBrazilian Journal of Microbiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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