Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1726-4634
PLATTS-MILLS, James A. et al. Seroprevalence of Leptospirosis in Puente Piedra, Lima, in 2006. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.2, pp. 273-276. ISSN 1726-4634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342011000200014.
Leptospirosis is a disease widely prevalent in tropical areas, but may also be present in urban areas. The present study aims to determine the seroprevalence of Leptospira in the district of Puente Piedra, where there have been cases of severe leptospirosis in recent years. We collected data related to risk factors associated with leptospirosis and blood samples from 250 participants, selected by random sampling. We found a high prevalence of risk factors in the population and using the microscopic agglutination test, antibodies were found in only 3 participants (1.2%).
Keywords : Leptospirosis; Seroprevalence; Seroepidemiologic studies; Peru.