An outbreak of leptospirosis among Israeli troops near the Jordan River

E. Hadad, A. Pirogovsky, C. Bartal, J. Gilad, A. Barnea, S. Yitzhaki, I. Grotto, R. D. Balicer, E. Schwartz

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An outbreak of leptospirosis that involved 7 of a team of 27 Israeli troops occurred following a military exercise in northern Israel near the Jordan River. The organism implicated in the outbreak was Leptospira interrogans serovar Hardjo. The clinical course was uncomplicated and all patients fully recovered. There were no cases of asymptomatic infection. Military personnel should be recognized as having an occupational risk for contracting leptospirosis, especially when military activity takes place near natural water sources inhabited by cattle, taking into account the local epidemiology of this disease. Moreover, outbreaks among military personnel may serve as a sentinel for leptospiral illness in areas in which civilian exposure takes place, such as the Jordan River, which is an important site that involves immersion in the context of both pilgrimage and civilian recreational activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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