Leptospirosis in humans occurs throughout the world as an acute infection ranging in severity from unnoticed and subclinical to fatal.(26,33,92) It is a zoonosis (strictly, an anthropozoonosis) acquired by humans from an animal source. The causal bacterium is Leptospira interrogans, of which there are more than 200 serological varieties (serovars), each of which has some special diagnostic, prognostic, or epidemiological significance.(44)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Solly Faine
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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