Leptospirosis: A new perspective on an old disease

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dc.contributor.author Olson, Jerry
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-08T15:50:03Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-08T15:50:03Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6839
dc.description.abstract Disease causing Leptospira can be placed in one of two broad categories for common domesticated mammals: They are either hostadapted or incidental strains. The four incidental serovars of Leptospira that are pathogenic to cattle are: L. pomona, L. grippotyphosa, L. canicola and L. icterhemmorhagiae. They are transmitted to cattle from other carrier animals that act as hosts for these strains. The strains are found in chronically infected rats, dogs, deer, or even pigs and are transmitted to cattle though urine-contaminated water. When the incidental strains of Leptospira are introduced into an unvaccinated, susceptible herd of cattle, they commonly cause an outbreak of abortions in the mid- to late-term pregnant cows. Commercial five-way Leptospiral vaccines are effective in preventing the abortion storms associated with the incidental strains of Leptospira, but ineffective to the most common serovar found in cattle (hardjo-bovis). Pfizer Animal Health recently received USDA approval to market the first effective L. hardjo vaccine, known as Spirovac®, in the United States. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Diary Day, 2003 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 04-129-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 919 en_US
dc.subject Dairy en_US
dc.subject Lepto hardjo en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.title Leptospirosis: A new perspective on an old disease en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2003 en_US
dc.citation.epage 5 en_US
dc.citation.spage 4 en_US
dc.description.conference Dairy Day, 2003, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2003

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