DAVID W. FRASER, M.D.; JAMES W. GLOSSER, D.V.M.; DONALD P. FRANCIS, M.D.; CATHERINE J. PHILLIPS; JAMES C. FEELEY; CATHERINE R. SULZER
Seven serologically proved cases of leptospirosis occurred in five families in a Portland, Oregon, suburb in the first 3 months of 1972. Leptospires of serotype fort-bragg of the Autumnalis serogroup were isolated from the urine of two patients. All 7 patients showed serologic evidence of Autumnalis infection. Symptoms included headache, fever, and myalgia. Three patients had rash and two, jaundice. A pet dog owned by the family in which three of the cases occurred died of leptospirosis in March 1972 after a 4-month illness. Two of five veterinary workers who handled the dog had demonstrable titers against antigens of the Autumnalis serogroup. Whether this dog introduced fort-bragg leptospires into the community or whether he was locally infected from another source could not be determined.
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FRASER DW, GLOSSER JW, FRANCIS DP, PHILLIPS CJ, FEELEY JC, SULZER CR. Leptospirosis Caused by Serotype fort-Bragg: A Suburban Outbreak. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:786–789. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-6-786
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(6):786-789.
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