• Leptospirosis: A Neglected Disease

    Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that has become a key challenge in much of the tropical and subtropical developing world. Leptospirosis is a public health concern given its global distribution, its epidemic potential, its presence in domestic animals, small mammals and the natural environment, and its high human mortality, if left untreated. It is a complex condition given multiple modes of transmission, numerous hosts, a multitude of pathogenic serotypes,

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  • Cross Sectorial Approach

    The GLEAN initiative is an innovative, multi-disciplinary partnership established to strengthen the global leptospirosis outbreak response strategy. GLEAN provides a platform to combine knowledge and expertise from partners across multiple sectors and geographic regions representing global health, animal health, climatic, environmental, research, public and private organizations and medical sectors.

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  • Natural History of the Disease

    The natural history and disease dynamics of leptospirosis are complex and influenced by the biogeophysical environment. The bacteria can be found in the natural environment, animals (particularly rodents and domestic animals) and humans. Shed in the urinary tracts of animals, the bacteria is released in the environment, contaminates water supplies and can rapidly become a source of infection for humans.

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  • Disease Hotspots Map

    Leptospirosis occurs around the world with the highest incidence in tropical climates). A significant number of global alerts leptospirosis were documented in recent years. Reviewing the HealthMap database (online monitoring in real time of emerging health threats), 568 alerts (2007 to 2011). More than half were in Latin American countries. You can review the Healthmap by clicking the link below.                                                                                                                                     

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