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Leptospirosis from water sources
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 00:11 authored by Sarah PriorSarah Prior, Graham, GC, Weier, SL, Collet, TA, McKay, DB, Craig, SB
Leptospirosis outbreaks have been associated with many common water events including water consumption, water sports, environmental disasters, and occupational exposure. The ability of leptospires to survive in moist environments makes them a high-risk agent for infection following contact with any contaminated water source. Water treatment processes reduce the likelihood of leptospirosis or other microbial agents causing infection provided that they do not malfunction and the distribution networks are maintained. Notably, there are many differences in water treatment systems around the world, particularly between developing and developed countries. Detection of leptospirosis in water samples is uncommonly performed by molecular methods.
Publication titlePathogens and Global Health
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom