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A serological study of leptospirosis in domestic deer in New Zealand

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In an attempt to determine the prevalence of leptospirosis in domestic deer in New Zealand, samples of sera were obtained from two North Island and three South Island sources. The sample size and make up varied, depending on sample availability from each source. The Ruakura Animal Health Laboratory supplied 120 sera from fallow and red deer of unspecified age and sex, from the Waikato region. Twenty-four sera, from two year old red deer hinds from Taranaki, were obtained from the deer slaughter plant in Hastings. Sera from 50 red deer were obtained from Invermay Agriculture Research Centre in the South Island. Forty of these were from hinds and nine from stags and represent three age categories; yearlings, 18 months, and older than 18 months…

Keywords: Bacterial; Deer; Disease statistics; Leptospirosis; Serology

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: September 1, 1988

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