The significance of leptospiral titres associated with bovine abortion

Aust Vet J. 1985 Aug;62(8):258-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.1985.tb14246.x.


To investigate relationships between serological titres to 2 serovars, pomona (L. pomona) and hardjo (L. hardjo), of Leptospira interrogans and abortions, log linear and logit models were fitted to herd and individual cow data from cattle serologically negative for brucellosis. Serological titres to both serovars were significantly related to abortions in individual cows, with L. pomona having a stronger relationship than L. hardjo. L. hardjo was not significant when herd data were analysed. Differences between dairy and beef cattle in the serological titres found to both L. pomona and L. hardjo were detected when data sets of all cattle or cattle with no history of abortion were analysed. The beef/dairy differences may be due to different management practices and/or to different geographical distributions of both serovars and populations of beef and dairy cattle. If there are no cattle in a herd with a reciprocal titre of 3000 or greater for L. pomona, it is unlikely that L. pomona is associated with the abortion problem. There was no specific L. hardjo titre which separated high and low probabilities that the serum came from a cow or herd with an abortion history.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Veterinary / immunology
  • Abortion, Veterinary / microbiology*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / immunology*
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / immunology
  • Cattle Diseases / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Leptospira / immunology*
  • Leptospirosis / immunology
  • Leptospirosis / veterinary*
  • Pregnancy


  • Antibodies, Bacterial