Leptospirosis link to higher rates of renal impairment

Communicable disease experts from the Department of Health and Ageing said among 116 patients meeting the case definition, renal impairment occurred more frequently in those acquiring the infection overseas.

However, nearly 90% of cases were locally acquired with most patients having farming or animal-related occupations, 57% of all cases were hospitalised and there was one death.

Most cases presented with non-specific headache and fever and without the classical signs such as conjunctival suffusion, the experts said.