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Spirochaetes and sunshine: leptospirosis in the aftermath of the Queensland floods

Hugh Wright, Katie Goot and Benjamin Rogers
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (8): 500-502.
doi:
10.5694/mja12.10046

To the Editor: Extensive rainfall in Queensland from December 2010 to January 2011 led to much of the state being declared a disaster zone. We report on a cluster of patients requiring hospitalisation with an acute febrile illness after exposure to floodwater in Central Queensland.

Hugh Wright, Registrar1
Katie Goot, Rural Medicine Registrar2
Benjamin Rogers, Infectious Diseases Physician and Research Scholar3
1 Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
2 Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and Queensland Health, Theodore, QLD.
3 University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Brisbane, QLD.
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