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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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
Issue number5
Early online date6 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by a Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene small grant (grant no. GR000556) and by a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council EastBIO DTP award (grant no. BB/M010996/1 to M.M.).


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