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Archivos de medicina veterinaria

versión impresa ISSN 0301-732X

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ZAMORA, J.  y  RIEDEMANN, S.. Wild animals as reservoirs of leptospirosis in Chile.: Revision of studies in the country. Arch. med. vet. [online]. 1999, vol.31, n.2, pp.151-156. ISSN 0301-732X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0301-732X1999000200001.

Information is given regarding rats and mice captured in the provinceof Valdivia as reservoirs of serovars of Leptospira interrogansand Leptospira borgpeterseni; results obtained from other wild animalscaptured in the central area of the country are also included. The percentagesof positiveness detected by animal species as well as the consequent riskof these reservoirs for domestic animals and humans are analysed. Additional information on the subject in relation to reservoirs of leptospirasin wildlife animals is also given. This communication is an attempt toalert people about eventual reservoirs present in our country which canact as a source of infection for human and domestic animals. Finally, it is concluded that it is highly convenient and necessarythat the corresponding authorities play an active role in incentivatingand supporting studies, not only on leptospirosis but also on other infectiousdiseases and on general sanitary status of the wild fauna of the countrygiving financial support for the research projects. This information wouldbe of great value for the conservation of the ecological balance, in preventiveveterinary medicine and in public health

Palabras clave : Wildlife animals; Leptospirosis; Reservoirs.

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