Leptospirosis: Potential rise from hurricanes and floods

Kelsey A. Kaku, Michael H. Davidian, Edward M. DeSimone

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Abstract

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is emerging as a public-health concern with significant impact around the world. This infection has previously been underrecognized and underreported; however, awareness is slowly increasing given the leptospirosis outbreaks that have followed recent heavy rains and hurricanes. The infection is transmitted by host animals to humans through contaminated food and water. The use of protective gear and sanitation precautions can help minimize the risk of infection. Symptoms range from mild and nonspecific to serious and fatal. Prophylaxis, early diagnosis, and antibiotic treatment are essential for preventing severe complications, as well as death, from leptospirosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PagesHS2-HS6
Volume43
No4
Specialist publicationU.S. Pharmacist
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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Cyclonic Storms
Sanitation
Leptospirosis
Hurricanes
Public health
Rain
Gears
Animals
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Water
Infection
Bacterial Infections
Disease Outbreaks
Early Diagnosis
Public Health
Food

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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Leptospirosis : Potential rise from hurricanes and floods. / Kaku, Kelsey A.; Davidian, Michael H.; DeSimone, Edward M.

In: U.S. Pharmacist, Vol. 43, No. 4, 01.04.2018, p. HS2-HS6.

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Kaku, KA, Davidian, MH & DeSimone, EM 2018, 'Leptospirosis: Potential rise from hurricanes and floods' U.S. Pharmacist, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. HS2-HS6.
Kaku, Kelsey A. ; Davidian, Michael H. ; DeSimone, Edward M. / Leptospirosis : Potential rise from hurricanes and floods. In: U.S. Pharmacist. 2018 ; Vol. 43, No. 4. pp. HS2-HS6.
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