Leptospirosis

Common Name(s)

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is an infectious bacterial disease that affects both humans and animals. Humans become infected through direct contact with the urine of infected animals or through urine-contaminated environments, where the bacteria enter into the system through cuts and abrasions of the skin or through the eyes, nose, and mouth. Leptospirosis occurs worldwide, but is most prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions, with outbreaks common following excessive rainfall or flooding. Signs and symptoms of leptospirosis can range from a mild flu-like illness to a more serious and sometimes fatal disease. In the early stages, symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, chills, redness of the eyes, hives, abdominal pain, jaundice, hemorrhages in the skin, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash.

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The terms "Leptospirosis" returned 489 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Severe acute pancreatitis - a serious complication of leptospirosis.
 

Author(s): D Popa, D Vasile, A Ilco

Journal: J Med Life. 2013 Sep;6(3):307-9.

 

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by pathogenic spirochetes of genus Leptospira. It is considered the most common zoonosis in the world. Acute pancreatitis is a rare complication of leptospirosis (25%). We present the case of a 34-year-old male patient with severe leptospirosis complicated ...

Last Updated: 22 Oct 2013

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Knowledge and self-reported practices regarding leptospirosis among adolescent school children in a highly endemic rural area in Sri Lanka.
 

Author(s): Yasara M Samarakoon, Nalika Gunawardena

Journal: Rural Remote Health. ;13(4):2360.

 

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which has become a major public health threat in Sri Lanka. A majority of patients are farmers in rural endemic areas. The purpose of the present study is to describe the level of knowledge and frequencies of risky practices related to leptospirosis ...

Last Updated: 22 Oct 2013

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Towards the burden of human leptospirosis: duration of acute illness and occurrence of post-leptospirosis symptoms of patients in the Netherlands.
 

Author(s): Marga G A Goris, Vanessa Kikken, Masja Straetemans, Sandra Alba, Marco Goeijenbier, Eric C M van Gorp, Kimberly R Boer, Jiri F P Wagenaar, Rudy A Hartskeerl

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Leptospirosis is a global zoonotic disease. Although important for the assessment of the burden of leptospirosis, data on the duration of the illness and the occurrence of post-leptospirosis complaints are not well documented. Hence the main objective of this study was to estimate ...

Last Updated: 7 Oct 2013

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The terms "Leptospirosis" returned 42 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Leptospirosis, an emerging zoonotic disease in Malaysia.
 

Author(s): S Thayaparan, I D Robertson, A Fairuz, L Suut, M T Abdullah

Journal: Malays J Pathol. 2013 Dec;35(2):123-32.

 

Leptospirosis is an endemic disease in Malaysia and recently has received increasing attention mainly due to several recent incidents that have resulted in human mortality which have alarmed health professionals in Malaysia. The increasing incidence of leptospirosis in forested regions ...

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2013

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Leptospirosis--current risk factors connected with human activity and the environment.
 

Author(s): Bernard WasiƄski, Jacek Dutkiewicz

Journal: Ann Agric Environ Med. 2013 ;20(2):239-44.

 

Leptospirosis is a widespread although recently neglected zoonosis recognized worldwide. The disease seems to be underestimated, especially in countries located in the temperate climatic zone. The presented article concerns the main characteristics of leptospirosis and describes formerly ...

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2013

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The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction in leptospirosis: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Gilles Guerrier, Eric D'Ortenzio

Journal: PLoS ONE. 2013 ;8(3):e59266.

 

Leptospirosis is an endemo-epidemic zoonotic disease associated with potentially fatal renal, cardiovascular or pulmonary failure. Recommended treatment includes antibiotics, which may induce a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (JHR). Since little information on the importance of this adverse ...

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2013

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French West Indies Leptospirosis Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Leptospirosis

 

Last Updated: 25 May 2012

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Last Updated: 27 Nov 2013

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Rapid Diagnostic Tests and Clinical/Laboratory Predictors of Tropical Diseases In Patients With Persistent Fever in Cambodia, Nepal, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan (NIDIAG-Fever)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Visceral Leishmaniasis; Human African Trypanosomiasis; Enteric Fever; Melioidosis; Brucellosis; Leptospirosis; Relapsing Fever; Rickettsial Diseases; HIV; Tuberculosis; Malaria; Amoebic Liver Abscess

 

Last Updated: 13 May 2014

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