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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2014

Authors: Posautz, A; Leidinger, E; Knauer, F; Hoffmann, D; Suchentrunk, F; Walzer, C; Kübber-Heiss, A

Title: Seroprevalence of Treponema sp in European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) in Austria and Germany.

Other title: Treponema sp.-Seroprävalenz in europäischen Feldhasen (Lepus europaeus) in Österreich und Deutschland

Source: Wien Tierarztl Monat (101), 11-12 281-285.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Knauer Felix
Kübber-Heiss Anna
Posautz Annika
Suchentrunk Franz
Walzer Christian

Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology

In 2011 a serologic screening for treponemal infections in 181 free-living European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) from three populations (north and south Germany, eastern Austria) was performed. The screening was carried out using an indirect immunofluorescence test (IFAT). None of the animals showed clinical signs. Nonetheless, the seroprevalence was 63.8%, 42.8% and 43.9% for the Austrian, southern and northern German populations. Only four sub-adult animals showed a positive reaction. In the two German populations, adult female hares were affected significantly more often than sub-adults and males.

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