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1 January 1981 PREVALENCE OF SELECTED PATHOGENIC MICROBIAL AGENTS IN THE RED FOX (Vulpes fulva) AND GRAY FOX (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) OF SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN
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Free-ranging red foxes (Vulpes fulva) and gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) were trapped in southwestern Wisconsin. Fox sera were tested to determine the prevalence of antibody for five different Leptospira interrogans serovars, canine distemper virus (CDV), infectious canine hepatitis virus (ICHV), and Franciscella tularensis infections. Grippotyphosa was the most prevalent leptospiral serovar antibody observed. Twenty-five of 53 (47%) red foxes and 11 of 36 (31%) gray foxes had specific antibodies to grippotyphosa. Juvenile foxes had geometric mean antibody titers to grippotyphosa significantly higher (P<0.05) than those of the adults of both species. CDV antibody was detected in sera of red foxes only. Six of 57 (11%) red foxes had CDV antibody. ICHV antibody was detected in 2 of 57 (3%) red foxes and 3 of 32 (9%) gray foxes. Antibody to F. tularensis was not detected in any fox sera.

AMUNDSON and YUILL: PREVALENCE OF SELECTED PATHOGENIC MICROBIAL AGENTS IN THE RED FOX (Vulpes fulva) AND GRAY FOX (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) OF SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN
T.E. AMUNDSON and T.M. YUILL "PREVALENCE OF SELECTED PATHOGENIC MICROBIAL AGENTS IN THE RED FOX (Vulpes fulva) AND GRAY FOX (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) OF SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 17(1), 17-22, (1 January 1981). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-17.1.17
Received: 11 August 1980; Published: 1 January 1981
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