Volume 88, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Samples were collected from 128 symptomatic humans, 83 dogs, 49 mice, and 20 rats (: 16; : 4) in neighborhoods where human leptospirosis have been reported within the principal sea-port city of Colombia. Seroprevalences were assessed against 19 pathogenic, 1 intermediate pathogenic, and 1 saprophytic serogroups. Pathogenic were confirmed using conventional -specific polymerase chain-reaction and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis analysis was used for serovar identification. Seroprevalences of 20.4%, 12.5%, 25.0%, 22.9%, and 12.4% were obtained against one to seven different serogroups in mice, , , dogs, and humans, respectively. The DNA was confirmed to be from pathogenic by detecting the gene in 12.5%, 3.7%, and 0.03% of the , dog, and human samples, respectively. The first genetically typed Colombian isolate was obtained from a rat and identified as serovar Icterohaemorrhagiae/Copenhageni.


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  • Received : 10 Apr 2012
  • Accepted : 07 Oct 2012

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