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Vet. Sci. 2017, 4(4), 51; doi:10.3390/vetsci4040051

Detection of Leptospira spp. in Water Turtle (Trachemys scripta) Living in Ponds of Urban Parks

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Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta, 10154 Torino, Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie, 10095 Grugliasco, Italy
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Azienda sanitaria Locale TO1—Servizio Veterinario, 10128 Torino, Italy
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Received: 20 July 2017 / Revised: 12 September 2017 / Accepted: 28 September 2017 / Published: 10 October 2017
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Abstract

Urban parks are green areas of cities where families and children spend hours outside. Turtles often inhabit urban parks. However, even if the animals seem harmless, they may serve as both reservoirs or accidental hosts for different serotypes of Leptospira spp. Leptospira spp. is a waterborne zoonotic bacterium relevant for public health. Reptiles and amphibians may play a role in the epidemiology, transmission, and persistence of Leptospira spp. In the present study, we observed the presence of anti-leptospiral agglutinins in a group of freshwater turtles (Trachemys scripta) captured in three urban ponds of the metropolitan city of Turin, Italy. View Full-Text
Keywords: Leptospira spp.; water turtle; urban parks Leptospira spp.; water turtle; urban parks
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Dezzutto, D.; Barbero, R.; Canale, G.; Acutis, P.L.; Biolatti, C.; Dogliero, A.; Mitzy, M.D.; Francone, P.; Colzani, A.; Bergagna, S.; Gennero, M.S. Detection of Leptospira spp. in Water Turtle (Trachemys scripta) Living in Ponds of Urban Parks. Vet. Sci. 2017, 4, 51.

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