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What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is an economically important disease and there is evidence of widespread exposure in the UK. The disease can also be spread from cattle to humans causing severe flu like symptoms. Transmission of Leptospirosis in cattle is usually through the urine of an infected animal. The organisms gain entry through the membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth and even the skin. Sheep can also act as carriers of Leptospira.

  • Abortion
  • Still birth or premature calf
  • Milk yield drop
  • Fever
  • Flabby udder
Prevention and control of transmission of Leptospira can involve:
  • Isolating aborting dams
  • Safely disposing of aborted calves
  • Disposal of contaminated bedding
  • Culling infected animals
  • Vaccination
What testing is available?

Through our labs, we can offer the following testing options:
  • Bulk milk antibody ELISA (for dairy herds)
  • Individual cow milk antibody ELISA
For detailed information on our Leptospirosis Testing Services, visit the NML website or contact Customer Services.

NML Leptospirosis Testing Services