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Influence of rainfall on leptospira infection and disease in a tropical urban setting, Brazil

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  • K.P. Hacker
  • G.A. Sacramento
  • J.S. Cruz
  • D. De Oliveira
  • N. Nery
  • J.C. Lindow
  • M. Carvalho
  • J. Hagan
  • P.J. Diggle
  • M. Begon
  • M.G. Reis
  • E.A. Wunder
  • A.I. Ko
  • F. Costa
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>29/02/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Emerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
Volume26
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)311-314
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date7/01/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The incidence of hospitalized leptospirosis patients was positively associated with increased precipitation in Salvador, Brazil. However, Leptospira infection risk among a cohort of city residents was inversely associated with rainfall. These findings indicate that, although heavy rainfall may increase severe illness, Leptospira exposures can occur year-round.