August 1989

LeptospirosisEpidemiological Features of a Sporadic Case

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Wilford Hall US Air Force Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Tex (Drs Schmidt and Winn), and Brooke US Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Tex (Dr Keefe).

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(8):1878-1880. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390080128028

• Leptospirosis occurred in a 45-year-old man with presumed infection from an exposure to contaminated water at his source of employment. An intensive epidemiological investigation, including serological examination of all family members and pets and cultures on the patient and his family pets (cats and dogs), proved that the leptospiral organism was acquired by the patient's exposure to his dogs. The risk of acquiring infection from dogs that are asymptomatic and vaccinated is emphasized by this report.

(Arch Intern Med. 1989;149:1878-1880)