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Volume 8, Number 9—September 2002

Letter

Lethal Leptospiral Pulmonary Hemorrhage: An Emerging Disease in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alfredo Seijo*, Héctor Coto†, Jorge San Juan*, Juan Videla*, Bettina Deodato*, Beatriz Cernigoi*, Oscar García Messina‡, Oscar Collia‡, Diana de Bassadoni§, Ricardo Schtirbu*, Alejandro Olenchuk¶, Gleyre Dorta de Mazzonelli#, and Alberto Parma**
Author affiliations: *Hospital F.J. Muñiz, Buenos Aires, Argentina; †Fundación Mundo Sano, Buenos Aires, Argentina; ‡Hospital P. Piñero, Buenos Aires, Argentina; §Centro de Salud No. 18, Buenos Aires, Argentina; ¶Universidad La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina; #Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Animal y Calidad Agroalimentaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina; **Laboratorio de Biotecnología, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Nacional del Centro, Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina;

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Clinical findings in human leptospirosis, Hospital F.J. Muñiz, Buenos Aires, 1990–1999

Year Cases Ja N M P H IL
1990 130 37 37 26 15 14 19
1991 27 12 9 2 7 7 4
1992 25 16 13 7 7 4 0
1993 29 10 7 0 5 3 10
1994 12 4 3 0 4 1 2
1995 12 4 1 0 0 1 1
1996 7 4 1 1 0 1 0
1997 12 8 5 0 3 0 2
1998 14 6 5 2 1 0 1
1999 8 3 3 1 1 1 1

aJ, jaundice; N, nephritis; M, meningitis; P, pneumonia; H, hemorrhages; IL, influenza-like

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1Hayne’s Index (Hayne D. Two methods for estimating population from trapping records. J Mammal 1949;30:399–411.): relative abundance index = rodents/m2. In urban areas it does not represent the actual number of individual animals.

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