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The Prevalence of Anti-Leptospiral Agglutinins in Sera of Wildlife in Southeastern Australia


A.R. Milner1, C.R. Wilks1, D.M. Spratt2, and P.J.A. Presidente3

 

1Veterinary Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Park Drive, Parkville, Victoria.
2Division of Wildlife Research, CSIRO, P.O. Box 84, Lyneham, ACT.
3Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia.


ABSTRACT

Anti-leptospiral agglutinins were found in the serum from 18 (7 species) of 419 (25 species) animals sampled from various areas of southeastern Australia. Positive serologic reactions were observed in 5 of 25 (20%) brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), 1 of 26 (3.8%) tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), 2 of 12 (16.7%) swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor), 1 of 3 (33.3%) koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), 3 of 41 (7.3%) common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), 2 of 100 (2%) bush rat (Rattus fuscipes) and 4 of 12 (25%) rusa deer (Cervus timorensis). The majority (55.5%) of serologic reactions were to serovar hardjo.

No serologic reactions were observed in samples from echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), brown antechinus (Antechinus stuartii), swainson’s antechinus (Antechinus swaisonsii), long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta), brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus), common ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), greater glider (Schoinobates volans), eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogniseus), rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), water rat (Hydromys chrysogaster), black rat (Rattus rattus), eastern swamp rat (Rattus lutreolus), broad-toothed rat (Mastacomys fuscus), fox (Vulpes vulpes), sambar deer (Cervus unicolor), hog deer (Axis porcinus) and fallow deer (Dama dama).

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