Leptospirosis in Nicaragua: Preliminary Report on the First Year of Study


Results of one year's study of leptospirosis in Nicaraguan wild and domestic animals is presented. Leptospirae of the canicola group were isolated from Urocyon cinereoargenteus, Spilogale putorius and Conepatus semistriatus; of the pyrogenes group from Oryzomys caliginosus; serotypes rama and abramis and leptospirae of hebdomadis and autumnalis groups from Philander opossum. These investigations support the view that wild animals are unimportant in the episootiology of clinical bovine leptospirosis.

Author Notes

From the Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

From the U.S. Public Health Service, Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Georgia.