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Leptospirosis in California: Diagnostic and Epidemiologic Problems

William T. Hubbert
Public Health Reports (1896-1970)
Vol. 82, No. 5 (May, 1967), pp. 429-433
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/4593034
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4593034
Page Count: 5
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Leptospirosis in California: Diagnostic and Epidemiologic Problems
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Abstract

In addition to classic Well's disease (leptospiral jaundice), leptospirosis is probably an important segment of the group of diseases producing aseptic meningitis in California. Prompt generic diagnosis by agglutination or fluorescent antibody tests will allow initiation of specific therapy. The battery of antigens and antiserums employed in laboratory tests should include at least the five serotypes now recognized in the State--Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae, Leptospira canicola, Leptospira pomona, Leptospira grippotyphosa, and Leptospira ballum--as well as representatives from other serogroups, in order to detect as many infections as possible. Isolation should be considered if a serotype-specific diagnosis is desired.

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