Journal article

A cross-sectional pilot study to estimate the prevalence of and risk factors for leptospirosis inSouth-WesternVictorian dairy herds, 2017

E Erregger, MA Stevenson, DS Beggs, S Oswin, SP Jagoe, PD Mansell, MF Pyman

Australian Veterinary Journal | WILEY | Published : 2020


Leptospirosis is a zoonosis, found worldwide, affecting many species of animals. We conducted a cross-sectional study to estimate the prevalence of Leptospira borgpetersenii sv Hardjo and Leptospira interrogans sv Pomona in cattle in dairy herds in South-Western Victoria, Australia. Fifty-three herds were enrolled in the study. Urine samples were collected from 15 late-lactation cows in each herd. A questionnaire was provided to herd managers at the time of each herd visit, asking them to describe the methods they used for controlling leptospirosis, including vaccination. Urine samples were pooled at the herd level and tested for leptospira spp. using real time PCR. Urine samples from indivi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Operational funding for this project came from Zoetis Australia. The authors would like to thank Dairy Australia for sponsoring the dairy cattle residency program which enabled this project, the veterinary clinic for their support and the herd managers involved. This project was also supported through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.