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Leptospirosis Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (LERG)

Last reviewed/updated
13 July 2010

Overview

The problem: Leptospirosis is a major, yet under recognized threat to public health.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that causes morbidity and mortality around the world. Although it is endemic in many rural and urban slum communities and can also cause sporadic epidemics, little is actually known about the true disease burden and consequently, the disease has been neglected.

The solution: Leptospirosis is treatable and preventable!

If Leptospirosis is detected early, antibiotics can be administered that can successfully treat the disease.

The plan: Establish accurate estimates of disease burden to better direct adequate intervention, control and prevention efforts.

If risk factors are identified, then interventions can be appropriately targeted at the individual and community level that can successfully prevent the disease.

Farmers ploughing with cattle through a wet field
Regional Medical Research Centre/Port Blair/India

The Leptospirosis Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (LERG), established by the World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with other international actors, is conducting global research that will provide the necessary disease burden data that is essential for the design of appropriate policy targeted towards decreasing the burden of Leptospirosis.

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