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Leptospirosis

George Watt

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070634_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Leptospirosis

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Leptospirosis is a worldwide zoonosis of greatest importance in the tropics that is caused by spirochaetes of the 16 species of the genus Leptospira. Rodents are the most important reservoir, with transmission of infection usually occurring through contact with contaminated water or moist soil. Organisms enter the human body through abrasions of the skin or through mucosal surfaces....

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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