Molecular detection of Leptospira species in aborted fetuses of water buffalo

Marianelli, C.; Tarantino, M.; Astarita, S.; Martucciello, A.; Capuano, F.; Galiero, G.
September 2007
Veterinary Record: Journal of the British Veterinary Association;9/1/2007, Vol. 161 Issue 9, p310
Academic Journal
The article describes a retrospective study that investigates whether leptospirosis was the cause of abortions over a three-year period in water buffaloes in Salerno province in the south of Italy. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method was used in the study for the rapid and specific detection of Lestospira DNA in fetal kidney tissue. The findings, together with the previous studies, indicate the prevalence and high susceptibility of infection with Leptospira species in buffaloes in the area.


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