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Leptospirosis Update

Thursday, June 1, 2017  
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Maricopa County Department of Public Health

 

Over 60 cases of canine leptospirosis have been reported in Maricopa County since February 2016. Infected dogs have been reported in at least seven cities, including Avondale, Gilbert, Goodyear, Fountain Hills, Peoria, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

 

A big thank you goes out to members of the veterinary community (including local veterinarians and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association) as they have helped tremendously to track the outbreak by diagnosing and reporting canine cases; disseminating information among clients and colleagues; implementing measures to prevent further transmission, such as pet vaccination, disinfection, and case isolation, and participating in staff questionnaires and serosurveys to assess infection risk in people.

 

During the serosurvey investigation, over 100 veterinary staff from 17 facilities in both the east and west valleys were surveyed to assess exposure, risk, and blood and urine specimens were collected to test for evidence of leptospirosis infection. Results of the serosurvey are pending, although preliminary results suggest that zoonnotic risk is low.

 

To date no human cases have been confirmed. The leptospirosis response team has developed fact sheet for veterinarians, boarding facilities and pet owners. For more information on leptospirosis, go to www. Maricopa.gov/4302/leptospirosis.


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