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14 December 2012 LEPTOSPIRA AND BRUCELLA ANTIBODIES IN COLLARED ANTEATERS (TAMANDUA TETRADACTYLA) IN BRAZILIAN ZOOS
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The presence of Leptospira spp. and Brucella spp. antibodies was investigated in serum samples from 28 collared anteaters (Tamandua tetradactyla) kept in seven Brazilian zoos. Sera were tested against 19 Leptospira serovars using microscopic agglutination. Samples reacted to the following serovars: two (7.14%) to Patoc, three (10.71%) to Tarrasovi, three (10.71%) to both Patoc and Tarrasovi, two (7.14%) to Wolffi, and one (3.57%) to Australis. Two (7.14%) samples reacted to the buffered Brucella antigen test, but no confirmatory reaction occurred using the 2-mercaptoethanol slow slide agglutination test. No sample was reactive in the agar gel immunodiffusion test for rugose species of Brucella. The presence of anti-leptospira agglutinins in captive T. tetradactyla serum indicates that this species may be susceptible to infection by these bacteria.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Indiara dos Santos Sales, Márcio Manhães Folly, Luize Néli Nunes Garcia, Tatiane Mendes Varela Ramos, Mariana Cristina da Silva, and Martha Maria Pereira "LEPTOSPIRA AND BRUCELLA ANTIBODIES IN COLLARED ANTEATERS (TAMANDUA TETRADACTYLA) IN BRAZILIAN ZOOS," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 43(4), 739-743, (14 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.1638/2011-0055R3.1
Received: 24 March 2012; Published: 14 December 2012
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