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Electronic image of Leptospira interrogans.  Obtained from the CDC Public Health Image Library. Image credit: CDC/NCID/HIP/Janice Carr (PHIL #1220). / Public domain Current Diagnostic Strategies for Detection of Leptospirosis and Case Presentation is a Course

Current Diagnostic Strategies for Detection of Leptospirosis and Case Presentation

1.5 credits


Full course description

This module includes a lecture by Dr. Jarlath Nally on current knowledge of leptospirosis in the bovine and equine species followed by a case presentation of the severe, acute hemolytic form of the disease in cattle.  The case module, narrated by Dr. Emma Adam (UK Department of Veterinary Science), follows the UKVDL cases of hematuria in a group of Holstein heifers through necropsy.  The objective is to make practitioners more aware of this zoonotic disease, its many presentations and the challenges to diagnosis.

10 Quiz Questions for 1.5 CE credits.  70% is passing score.

Biosketch:  Dr. Jarlath Nally

Jarlath Nally completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology in 2001 at the University of Kentucky under John Timoney. He completed his postdoctoral research in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. His postdoctoral research focused on understanding pathogenic mechanisms of the zoonotic disease Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) during acute and chronic infection and in particular, the severe pulmonary forms of this disease. In 2005, Dr. Nally joined the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, where he was awarded The President of Ireland Young Researcher Award from Science Foundation Ireland to further elucidate pathogenic mechanisms of leptospirosis. As a Veterinary Microbiologist, his research interests include zoonotic pathogens, proteomics and animal models of infection. In 2014, he returned to the United States to join the Infectious Bacterial Diseases of Livestock Research Unit, at the National Animal Disease Center, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture where he continues to work on bovine leptospirosis and treponemes associated with digital dermatitis.

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