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Seroprevalence of Leptospirosis among Cattle in and Around Thrissur District, Kerala

Tresamol V. P. Anju Antony. M. Mini. K. V. Siju Joseph
Vol 7(3), 45-48

Leptospirosis is a highly endemic disease in Kerala affecting man and animals. In cattle the disease causes abortions, stillbirths, reduced milk production and haemagalactia. The present study reports seroprevalence of leptospirosis in cattle in and around Thrissur district. One hundred and eighty eight serum samples collected randomly from adult cattle of various organized farms and households in and around Thrissur district of Kerala during 2013-2014 were screened for antibodies to pathogenic leptospires. Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay based on recombinant outer membrane protein rLipL32 was used. Among 188 samples tested 12 were positive for antibodies. Eventhough the seroprevalence is low i.e 6.38 per cent it has to be viewed seriously as it forms one of the major zoonosis in this area.

Keywords : Leptospirosis Cattle Seroprevalence ELISA

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