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1 April 1971 LEPTOSPIROSIS IN COTTONTAIL AND SWAMP RABBITS OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
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Fifty rabbits, 44 cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus) and six swamp rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus), were collected from the Mississippi Delta Area. Serum and tissue from these animals were studied for evidence of leptospirosis. Leptospira interrogans antibodies were demonstrated in 77% (37/48) of the serums collected, of which 21% (10/48) had significant titers. Serotypes most frequently encountered were ballum, australis, icterohaemorrhagiae, canicola, and grippotyphosa. Focal nephritis was observed histologically in 92% (46/50) of the kidneys. Isolation of grippotyphosa was made from 8% (4/50) of the kidneys collected. These studies have assisted in establishing the importance of cottontail and swamp rabbits as reservoirs for leptospires and have also identified two new host-serotype relationships.

SHOTTS, ANDREWS, SULZER, and GREENE: LEPTOSPIROSIS IN COTTONTAIL AND SWAMP RABBITS OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
Emmett B. Shotts, CHARLES L. ANDREWS, CATHERINE SULZER, and ELLEN GREENE "LEPTOSPIROSIS IN COTTONTAIL AND SWAMP RABBITS OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 7(2), (1 April 1971). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-7.2.115
Received: 15 December 1970; Published: 1 April 1971
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