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Health Advisory Issued About Leptospirosis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a health alert notifying clinicians that three patients in the U.S. have been diagnosed with leptospirosis after travel to Israel. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be spread through contact with infected animals or contaminated water sources. Early symptoms include fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, jaundice or rash. Clinicians should consider this diagnosis for patients presenting with those symptoms who have traveled to northern Israel since July 1.