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Serological Survey of Canine Leptospirosis in Southern China
Dayou Shi, Mingchao Liu§, Shining Guo1, Shenquan Liao2, Mingfei Sun2, Jianzhu Liu*, Lin Wang, Zhenyong Wang, Shujing Wang, Dubao Yang and Tongjie Chai
College of Veterinary Medicine, Research Center for Animal Disease Control Engineering Shandong Province, Shandong Agricultural University, Taian 271018, China1College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, 510642,China; 2Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Guangzhou, 510040, China
§Dayou Shi and Mingchao Liu equally contributed to the present study
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The present study conducts a serological survey on the presence of canine leptospirosis in domestic dogs using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit. A total of 314 household dogs (168 females and 146 males) in Chongqing, Kunming, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzheng, and Nanning in Southern China were examined. Of the 314 dogs, 23 (7.3%) were seropositive for leptospirosis. No statistically significant difference was observed in terms of sex and age in the seroprevalence of leptospirosis, but statistically significant differences were observed among different regional groups in the seroprevalence of leptospirosis (P < 0.05). The results of this survey indicate that the control and treatment of leptospirosis have been effective in some cities of Southern China. However, further implementation of integrated strategies is necessary to prevent and control leptospirosis in dogs.

Key words: China, Dogs, ELISA, Leptospirosis, Seroprevalence


ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)