Surveillance and outbreak alert


Leptospirosis outbreaks often occur after floods

Leptospirosis is an emerging zoonotic disease of public health importance in countries of South-East Asia (SEA) Region. However, it is still widely overlooked and underreported. One of the possible reasons for this is that the clinical features are non-specific, with signs and symptoms similar to those seen in many other infectious diseases. Furthermore, confirmation of leptospirosis requires laboratory tests that are not always available and rapid diagnostic tests are not reliable.

Leptospirosis: key information for the public