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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2015 Mar-Apr;53(2):158-63.

[Detection of antileptospira antibodies in a vulnerable population of Ixhuatlancillo, Veracruz].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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LADISER Clínicos, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Veracruzana, Orizaba, Veracruz, México.


in English, Spanish


To determine the seroprevalence of Leptospira sp. in Ixhuatlancillo residents and their canine pets.


We detected the presence of anti-leptospira antibodies in a population of 29 dogs and 36 canine owners, the study consisted in two phases: 1) Management, invitation and application of surveys; 2) sampling to canines and positive canine owners. The samples were analyzed on the Veracruz State Laboratory, employing the microagglutination technique (MAT). Statistical analysis was performed using a 2 x 2 contingency table in order to know the relationship between two variables to test the possible independence of the two variables using the chi-square test.


Prevalence of anti-leptospira antibodies in dogs was 66 %, predominantly tarassovi serovar (47 %); and the owners analyzed prevalence was 61 %, which also tarassovi serovar was most prevalent (78 %).


Anti-leptospira antibodies were found in dogs (66 %) and its owners; the tarassovi serovar was the most prevalent, so that living with pets is a potent risk factor for infection by this bacterium.


Antibody; Leptospira; Leptospirosis; Seroepidemiologic studies; Serovar

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