Fatal rodentborne leptospirosis in prison inmates, South Africa, 2015

Kovashnee Naidoo*, Mark Moseley, Kerrigan McCarthy, Ruvimbo Chingonzoh, Charlene Lawrence, Grace M. Setshedi, John Frean, Jennifer Rossouw

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Abstract

Leptospirosis is a neglected zoonotic disease. In 2015, leptospirosis was diagnosed in 2 prison inmates in South Africa. Using real-time PCR and DNA sequencing, we identified Leptospira interrogans serogroup Icterohaemorrhagiae in rodents and water samples within the prison. Leptospirosis might be frequently underdiagnosed in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1055
Number of pages23
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume26
Issue number5
Early online date6 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

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    Naidoo, K., Moseley, M., McCarthy, K., Chingonzoh, R., Lawrence, C., Setshedi, G. M., Frean, J., & Rossouw, J. (2020). Fatal rodentborne leptospirosis in prison inmates, South Africa, 2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(5), 1033-1055. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2605.191132