Nicaragua’s leptospirosis

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In Nicaragua, at press time, an epidemic of leptospirosis had infected 551 people and caused 18 deaths since September.

The bacterial disease, which can cause meningitis, liver damage and renal failure, is a relatively rare infection in humans but is common in tropical animals. It is transmitted by water, soil or food contaminated by urine from infected animals. Flooding from months of rains contributed to this outbreak.

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In Nicaragua, at press time, an epidemic of leptospirosis had infected 551 people and caused 18 deaths since September.

The bacterial disease, which can cause meningitis, liver damage and renal failure, is a relatively rare infection in humans but is common in tropical animals. It is transmitted by water, soil or food contaminated by urine from infected animals. Flooding from months of rains contributed to this outbreak.