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Microbes Infect. 2000 Aug;2(10):1265-76.

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

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Division of Infectious Disease, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, Box 0811, CA 94143, USA.

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.

PMID:
11008116
DOI:
10.1016/s1286-4579(00)01280-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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