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River surfing source of Swiss leptospirosis cases

July 28, 2015

Leptospirosis can be contracted during recreational activities in resource-rich countries and may even be more common than occupational acquisition, according to recent data.

Researchers evaluated a cluster of leptospirosis cases in Switzerland among young, healthy individuals. They identified two of the cases, case 1 (a man, aged 33 years) and case 2 (a woman, aged 32 years), during routine clinical examinations. Based on patient history data, the researchers suspected that the married couple’s infections were acquired from the same location, a standing wave on a river in Switzerland used for surfing. Contact with the third case, case 3 (a man, aged 34 years), was facilitated through information provided by the first two cases. None of the patients reported occupational exposure or likely acquisition abroad.

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