Tropical Veterinarian

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Comparative study of the prevalence of leptospirosis in vaccinated and unvaccinated dogs in Ibadan, Nigeria

C.A. Agunloye, A.T.P. Ajuwape, H.O. Nottidge


This work presents serological reactions of vaccinated and unvaccinated dogs in Ibadan, Nigeria to eight leptospirtal serovars. The overall seroprevelence to leptospires was 16.7% while in unvaccinated dogs it was 14.4%. The following seroprevalences were obtained: L. canicola 27.5% L. grippotyphosa 25.5%, L. icterohaemorrhaiage 25.5% L. bratislava 13.7% L. ballum 7.8%. Significantly more vaccinated dogs, than unvaccinated dogs (P < 0.01) were seropositive. Similarly, more male than female dogs were seropositive (P < 0.05). There is need for further research, control strategies and public health awareness of this zoonosis as it is preferably better controlled in reservoir animals.

(Tropical Veterinarian: 2002 20(1): 22-26)
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