Volume 91, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A retrospective study was conducted to identify and describe the distribution pattern of serogroups in domestic animals in France. The population consisted of cattle herds and dogs with clinically suspected leptospirosis that were tested at the “Laboratoire des Leptospires” between 2008 and 2011. The laboratory database was queried for records of cattle and dogs in which seroreactivity in microagglutination tests was consistent with a recent or current infection, excluding vaccine serogroups in dogs. A total of 394 cattle herds and 232 dogs were diagnosed with clinical leptospirosis, and the results suggested infection by the serogroup Australis in 43% and 63%, respectively; by the serogroup Grippotyphosa in 17% and 9%, respectively; and by the serogroup Sejroe in 33% and 6%, respectively. This inventory of infecting serogroups revealed that current vaccines in France are not fully capable of preventing the clinical form of the disease.

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  • Received : 19 Jul 2013
  • Accepted : 04 Jul 2014
  • Published online : 01 Oct 2014
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