Latest Leptospirosis Stories

African Mongoose Carries Disease Deadly To Humans
2013-05-15 12:31:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from Virginia Tech has identified the banded mongoose as one of the biggest public health threats in Africa. According to their report in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health, the mongoose carries a deadly disease called leptospirosis that spreads easily to humans. Often misdiagnosed as malaria, leptospirosis usually begins with a fever and can progress into liver failure, meningitis and...

2010-02-16 09:13:59

A team led by PhD researcher Dr Colleen Lau from the School of Population Health http://www.sph.uq.edu.au/ , has discovered the disease, known medically as leptospirosis, was traditionally a concern for males working in the agricultural and livestock industries, as it is contracted from contact with the urine of host animals. Ms Lau said recreational exposure and international travel have emerged as increasingly important sources of infection over the past decade. "Many of the areas with a...

2008-10-27 12:00:16

U.S. marine biologists say they have initiated a study of the increased incidence of leptospirosis cases in wild California sea lions. Scientists at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., hope their research will determine when and why the sea lions contract the disease that usually surges in cycles every four to five years. "The blood samples our team will collect from wild California sea lions will help determine kidney function and exposure rates among these animals," said Dr....

2008-10-24 09:43:18

An increased number of sea lions have the bacterial infection this year The Marine Mammal Center is seeing a large number of leptospirosis cases in California sea lions this year and is leading a study to determine when and why the sea lions contract this disease. Every four to five years, the Center sees a surge in the number of sea lions admitted as a result of this bacterial infection that affects the kidneys and can be lethal for patients. The current research will focus on the factors...

2008-10-11 21:00:13

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation has sent notices to two city hospitals - Julian Hospital in Perambur and National Hospital in Broadway - asking them why action should not be initiated against them for not intimating civic authorities about the diagnosis of communicable diseases. While Julian Hospital was quoted in the media as saying there was an outbreak of leptospirosis (rat fever) in the city, the National Hospital , which saw a patient infected with diphtheria, did not isolate the...

2008-10-03 21:00:21

More than 300 people in the eastern Thai province of Chachoengsao have become ill from flood-related diseases, officials said. The Thai News Agency reported Friday that heavy and continuing rains caused recurring floods in three districts -- Phanom Sarakham, Ban Pho and Plaeng Yao. Public health authorities have sent 20,000 pairs of boots and mosquito nets to help prevent the outbreak of leptospirosis and other endemic diseases that could be transmitted through the contaminated water....

2008-09-26 03:00:33

By Duncan Adams duncan.adams@roanoke.com 981-3324 City and health department officials met at noon Wednesday in the Roanoke City Market Building with food court vendors, a construction manager and fire marshal officers to discuss progress to date for cleanup and repairs that could reopen the mice-infested, city- owned building downtown. Robert Parker, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Health, said Wednesday that there is no estimate yet about when the vendors' licenses to...

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