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Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects both humans and animals. Humans become infected through direct contact with the urine of infected animals or with a urine-contaminated environment. The bacteria enter the body through cuts or abrasions on the skin, or through the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes. Person-to-person transmission is rare.

In the early stages of the disease, symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, chills, redness of the eyes, abdominal pain, jaundice, haemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes, vomiting, diarrhoea, and rash.

source World Health Organization)

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Glean : The Global Leptospirosis Environmental Action Network (GLEAN) is a consortium devoted to the fight against leptospirosis. In collaboration with other international initiatives, GLEAN adopts a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial approach and builds upon the leptospirosis efforts that have already been undertaken.

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