The look of leptospirosis in Victoria — recent trends

Jason A Trubiano, Brett A Sutton and Lucinda J Franklin
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10089
Published online: 7 October 2013

To the Editor: Leptospirosis in Victoria can be acquired locally or overseas. The clinical manifestations range from asymptomatic disease to multiorgan failure. We performed a retrospective case review of 147 notifications of leptospirosis to the Victorian Department of Health during the period 2002–2012. We aimed to investigate the epidemiology, clinical features and outcomes of leptospirosis in this population and identify any differences between patients who acquired the disease locally and those who acquired it overseas.

  • 1 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit, Victorian Government Department of Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Infectious Diseases Department, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Communicable Diseases Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, Victorian Government Department of Health, Melbourne, VIC.



We thank Andrew Mahony for statistical analysis and Jim Adamopoulos for patient follow-up.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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