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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-184

Leptospirosis and an animal bite


1 Monroe County Department of Public Health, Rochester, USA
2 University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA

Correspondence Address:
Brenden A Bedard
Monroe County Department of Public Health, 111 Westfall Rd., Room 864, Rochester, NY 14692
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.149502

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In October 2013, leptospirosis was identified in a 20-year-old male. The male was bitten on his hand by either his canine or a skunk while breaking up a fight between the two animals. Eight days after the bite, the male developed fever, headache, drowsiness, neck pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malaise and erythematous rash. Diagnosis was confirmed by amplification of Leptospira by DNA from a urine specimen. Veterinarian serology testing of the canine for Leptospira was negative. Leptospira in a human, acquired from an animal bite is a rare occurrence.


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