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Free Content Outbreak of leptospirosis in New Caledonia: diagnosis issues and burden of disease

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Abstract:

Summary A leptospirosis epidemic affected New Caledonia during the first semester of 2008. A total of 135 cases were diagnosed with a relatively low fatality rate of 3.7%. Heavy rainfalls, related to La Niña, favoured this epidemic. The PCR, routinely used, confirmed 54% of the cases, and the microagglutination test 56%. Epidemiological and economical data on this epidemic are presented and discussed.

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Epidémie de la leptospirose en Nouvelle-Calédonie: enjeux du diagnostic et charge de morbidité

Une épidémie de leptospirose a affecté la Nouvelle-Calédonie au cours du premier semestre de 2008. Un total de 135 cas ont été diagnostiqués avec un taux de létalité relativement faible de 3,7%. Des pluies abondantes liées à‘La Niña’ ont favorisé cette épidémie. La PCR utilisée en routine a confirmé 54% des cas et le test de microagglutination 56% des cas. Les données épidémiologiques et économiques sur cette épidémie sont présentées et discutées ici.
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