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The prevalence of leptospirosis in abattoir workers in jos nigeria


Israel Journal of Veterinary Medicine 44(1): 69-73
The prevalence of leptospirosis in abattoir workers in jos nigeria
Serum samples from 112 abattoir workers were examined for leptospiral agglutinins by the microscopic agglutination test (MAT) method using twelve live leptospira antigens. Thirty-three (29.5%) of the workers were serologically positive for leptospirosis at a serum dilution of 1:100 and above. The prevalence of leptospiral antibodies among the abattoir workers in decreasing frequency were hardjo (8.9%), pyrogenes (6.3%), icterohaemorrhagiae (6.3%), pomona (4.5%), canicola (3.6%) and grippotyphosa (2.7%). Other serovars accounted for less than 4 per cent of the total reactors. A leptospira strain was isolated from the urine sample collected from one of the butchers with a leptospiral antibody titre of 1:1400. Poor abattoir practice as well as improper handling of the infected animal organs and tissues were probably responsible for the high prevalence of leptospiral agglutinins among the workers investigated.


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