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Am J Vet Res. 1989 Jul;50(7):1001-3.

Comparison of three techniques to detect Leptospira interrogans serovar hardjo type hardjo-bovis in bovine urine.

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USDA, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, IA 50010.

Abstract

Nucleic acid hybridization, bacteriologic culture, and a fluorescent antibody test were compared for detection of Leptospira interrogans serovar hardjo type hardjo-bovis in bovine urine. Seventy-five urine samples were collected from pregnant cows challenge exposed with type hardjo-bovis. Twenty samples were collected from steers not exposed to hardjo-bovis. Sediments from each sample were examined, using fluorescent antibodies and a repetitive sequence element nucleic acid probe, to detect the presence of leptospires. Urine samples were processed for bacteriologic culture, using standard techniques. Under laboratory conditions typically used for these techniques, leptospires were detected in 60 of 75 urine samples from challenge exposed cows by nucleic acid hybridization, in 24 samples by fluorescent antibody test, and in 13 samples by bacteriologic culture. Leptospires were not detected in the urine of steers not exposed to hardjo-bovis.

PMID:
2672910
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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