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Misunderstanding of leptospirosis


Seoh, Wei Teh and Pooi, Ling Mok and Subbiah, Suresh Kumar (2019) Misunderstanding of leptospirosis. Acta Tropica, 197. art. no. 105046. pp. 1-2. ISSN 0001-706X; ESSN: 1873-6254


Leptospirosis is an emergent zoonosis implicating major health concern in developing countries, especially in tropical regions with frequent flooding (Watson et al., 2007). Leptospiral infections are rapidly onset and have long incubation periods of up to 28 days. Such long incubation of Leptospires leads to difficulty in identification of the medical condition as an infection-based disease, and was once misidentified as a host self-immune disorder by the clinicians. After decades of incidents, leptospirosis was first reported in 1886 as infectious disease, and Leptospira was identified as the causative bacteria in 1916 (Inada, 1908; Weil, 1886). Much confusion and misunderstanding surround the diagnosis and prevention of leptospirosis have contributed to the delayed treatment and poor prognosis.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2019.105046
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Leptospirosis; Infectious disease; Pathogenic; Vital
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 09:03
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 09:03
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/81368
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