Official government statistics and serological laboratory data provide limited information about the incidence of leptospirosis in the Republic of Ireland. The mean annual notified incidence in the Republic of Ireland from 1985 to 1996 was 1.3/million. The incidence according to hospital discharge diagnosis was higher at 4.9/million. One hundred and seventy-five serologically confirmed cases of leptospirosis were reported from 1986 to 1996, giving a mean annual incidence of 4.5/million. The true incidence of leptospirosis in the Republic of Ireland is probably higher, as hospital discharge data are incomplete and full serological testing was not always performed. Our data indicate that leptospirosis is an underestimated public health problem with only 26% of cases being notified. A national communicable disease surveillance centre in the Republic of Ireland would facilitate better monitoring and understanding of this disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Communicable disease report. CDR review|
|State||Published - Nov 14 1997|
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