Leptospira Infection in Wild Animals

Filippo Fratini, Fabrizio Bertelloni, and Giovanni Cilia (Editors)
Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Series: Microbiology Research Advances
BISAC: SCI045000



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Leptospira is a Gram-negative bacterium that causes leptospirosis, one of the most important re-emerging zoonotic diseases. The disease is worldwide diffused, and animals are involved in its spreading. Among animals, wildlife play an important role in the epidemiology of leptospirosis, as reservoir of specific Leptospira serovar. Several species are known as Leptospira maintenance host, but other are less investigated and could represent a “new” host involved in its epidemiology.

The book “Leptospira Infection in Wild Animals” contains descriptions of leptospirosis epidemiology in several wild animal species, highlighting the infection in different part of world, the most detected Leptospira serovar and the risks of infection for both humans and domestic animals. Data on marine mammals, wild boar, rodent, lagomorph, wild ruminants, amphibian and reptiles, bats and non-human primates Leptospira infection were deeply analysed and discussed in order to better understand their role in the leptospirosis epidemiology.


Chapter 1. Introduction to Leptospira and Leptospirosis
(Mathieu Picardeau, Unité Biologie des Spirochètes, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)

Chapter 2. Leptospirosis in Marine Mammals
(Ivana Piredda and M. Nicoletta Ponti, Department of Animal Health, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Sassari, Italy)

Chapter 3. Leptospira Infection in Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)
(Giovanni Cilia and Fabrizio Bertelloni, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy)

Chapter 4. Leptospirosis in Wild Rodents: Besides the Rattus Genus
(Marcella Mori and Raïssa Bakinahe, Bacterial Zoonoses of Animals Unit, Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium

Chapter 5. Leptospirosis in Wild Lagomorpha
(Filippo Fratini and Barbara Turchi, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy)

Chapter 6. Leptospirosis in Wild Ruminants
(Mario D’Incau, Cristina Bertasio and Maria Beatrice Boniotti, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia–Romagna Brescia, Italy

Chapter 7. Bat-Leptospira: A New Key in the Epidemiology of Leptospirosis
(Maria Laura Alonso1 and Giovanni Cilia, Division of Urban Zoonosis of Province of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and others)

Chapter 8. Leptospira Infection in Non-human Primates
(Fabrizio Bertelloni and Giovanni Cilia, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy)

Chapter 9. Leptospira infection in Amphibians and Reptiles
(Valentina Virginia Ebani, Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy)


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