High incidence of leptospirosis in an observational study of hospital outpatients in Vanuatu highlights the need for improved awareness and diagnostic capacities

Junior George Pakoa, Marie-Estelle Soupé-Gilbert, Dominique Girault, Dexter Takau, Justina Gaviga, Ann-Claire Gourinat, Arnaud Tarantola, Cyrille Goarant
  • PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, June 2018, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006564

High incidence of leptospirosis in Vanuatu

What is it about?

Little is known about the incidence of leptospirosis in Vanuatu, mostly because of a lack of available diagnostic tests. In this work, we show that a high number of outpatients visiting Port Vila Central Hospital actually have leptospirosis. In addition, a high proportion of patients have antibodies against Leptospira, showing previous exposure. Our results advocate for more attention being paid to leptospirosis and highlight the need for improved laboratory diagnosis of this potentially severe disease.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Cyrille Goarant and Dr. Arnaud Tarantola