[Outbreak of leptospirosis, predominantly meningoencephalitic, among children in the municipality of Morón]

Rev Cubana Med Trop. Apr-Aug 1991;43(2):136-9.
[Article in Spanish]


A description is made of a leptospirosis outbreak in children who bathed in the Cimarron Channel in Morón. Ciego de Avila. The outbreak started on September 25 and ended on October 20, 1986. Six cases were reported, of which four had meningoencephalic appearance. Ages ranged from 8 to 13 years. Fever, cephalalgia, arthralgia and myalgia were the most common signs and symptoms in the confirmed cases. All the patients were positive to Canicola serogroup. The results of a survey on 12 dogs in the zone surrounding the Cimarron Channel suggest that they were the reservoir which contaminated the Channel waters.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Child
  • Cuba / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Dog Diseases / microbiology
  • Dogs / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Leptospira interrogans serovar canicola / isolation & purification*
  • Leptospirosis / epidemiology*
  • Leptospirosis / microbiology
  • Leptospirosis / transmission
  • Leptospirosis / veterinary
  • Meningoencephalitis / epidemiology*
  • Meningoencephalitis / microbiology
  • Swimming
  • Water Microbiology
  • Water Pollution