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Overview of the epidemiology, microbiology, and pathogenesis of Leptospira spp. in humans.

Authors
  • Plank, R
  • Dean, D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Microbes and Infection
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2000
Volume
2
Issue
10
Pages
1265–1276
Identifiers
PMID: 11008116
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Leptospirosis is probably the world's most widespread zoonosis. It remains underdiagnosed largely due to the broad spectrum of signs and symptoms attributable to this spirochetal pathogen. Leptospira spp. cause a diversity of diseases from flu-like illness to Weil's syndrome with multi-organ failure. Recent epidemics may herald a change in virulence or an alteration in the balance between humans and their interactions with other host species and the environment.

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