Canine leptospirosis in Canada: a veterinarian's perspective

Prescott, John
February 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/12/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 4, p397
Academic Journal
The article presents a veterinarian's view on the prevalence of canine leptospirosis in Canada. A survey shows that its cases among dogs in the country and the U.S. increased in the last decade. This likely relates to a combination of increased infection among raccoons inhabiting urban and suburban settings, ecological conditions and increased awareness of the infection by veterinarians. The bacterial survival of the disease was enhanced by climate change. Wildlife-acquired serotypes can be controlled through an effective canine vaccine.


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