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dc.contributor.authorLau, Colleen L
dc.contributor.authorTownell, Nicola
dc.contributor.authorStephenson, Eloise
dc.contributor.authorvan den Berg, Debra
dc.contributor.authorCraig, Scott B
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-20T07:13:26Z
dc.date.available2019-09-20T07:13:26Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn2208-794X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/387594
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is one of the most common zoonotic diseases worldwide. Infection occurs through contact with infected animals, or soil or water that has been contaminated by the urine of infected animals. Risk factors include occupational and recreational exposures, contact with floodwaters, and travel to areas with a high risk of leptospirosis, particularly tropical, developing countries. With climate change, flood-related outbreaks are becoming more common. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to improve awareness of leptospirosis, and provide an update for general practitioners on its epidemiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, laboratory diagnosis, management and prevention. DISCUSSION: Leptospirosis is sometimes misdiagnosed because clinical presentation can be non-specific and overlap with many other causes of acute febrile illnesses. In patients with risk factors for leptospirosis, a high index of clinical suspicion is important to ensure early diagnosis and treatment. Delays in treatment could increase the risk of severe complications, including pulmonary haemorrhage, acute renal failure and acute liver failure.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
dc.publisher.urihttps://www1.racgp.org.au/ajgp/2018/march/leptospirosis
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom105
dc.relation.ispartofpageto110
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
dc.relation.ispartofvolume47
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsMedicine, General & Internal
dc.subject.keywordsGeneral & Internal Medicine
dc.subject.keywordsBORGPETERSENII SEROVAR ARBOREA
dc.titleLeptospirosis: An important zoonosis acquired through work, play and travel
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationLau, CL; Townell, N; Stephenson, E; van den Berg, D; Craig, SB, Leptospirosis An important zoonosis acquired through work, play and travel, Australian Journal of General Practice, 2018, 47 (3), pp. 105-110
dc.date.updated2019-09-20T07:10:52Z
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gro.rights.copyrightColleen L Lau et al., Leptospirosis: An important zoonosis acquired through work, play and travel. Australian Journal of General Practice 2018, 47 (3), pp. 105-110. Available at https://www1.racgp.org.au/ajgp/2018/march/leptospirosis
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gro.griffith.authorStephenson, Eloise


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