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

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta, 10154 Torino, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie, 10095 Grugliasco, Italy
Azienda sanitaria Locale TO1—Servizio Veterinario, 10128 Torino, Italy
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Academic Editor: Patrick Butaye
Vet. Sci. 2017, 4(4), 51;
Received: 20 July 2017 / Revised: 12 September 2017 / Accepted: 28 September 2017 / Published: 10 October 2017
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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