33. Leptospira Infections

  1. Dolores Gavier-Widén2,3,
  2. J. Paul Duff4 and
  3. Anna Meredith5
  1. Richard Birtles BSc (Hons), PhD

Published Online: 30 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118342442.ch33

Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds in Europe

Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds in Europe

How to Cite

Birtles, R. (2012) Leptospira Infections, in Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds in Europe (eds D. Gavier-Widén, J. P. Duff and A. Meredith), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118342442.ch33

Editor Information

  1. 2

    National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala, Sweden

  2. 3

    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

  3. 4

    Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, (AHVLA) Diseases of Wildlife Scheme, Penrith, UK

  4. 5

    Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 31 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199056

Online ISBN: 9781118342442



  • Leptospira infections;
  • leptospirosis (or Weil's disease, canicola/canefield/mud/nanukayami fever;
  • leptospirosis, mild flu-like, and jaundice/kidney failures;
  • Leptospira species, Gram-negative exploiting mammals as hosts;
  • genus Leptospira, Gram-negative, spirochete bacteria;
  • Leptospira species, fine, long, helical-shaped appearance;
  • marine mammals, leptospirosis susceptible;
  • systemic leptospirosis pathology, direct effects of leptospires;
  • simplest or ‘low-tech’ leptospiral, by darkfield microscopy;
  • four-fold rise in MAT titre, in serological confirmation


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