Human Leptospirosis in Morocco, 2004-2010: Serological Study by Slide Agglutination test (SAT)

Waleed Al-orry, Moustapha Arahou, Rachida Hassikou, Aicha Quasmaoui, Réda Charof, Zakaria Mennane


Leptospirosis is an emerging zoonosis with a worldwide distribution but is more commonly found in impoverished populations in developing countries and tropical regions with frequent flooding. The rapid detection of leptospirosis is a critical step to effectively manage the disease and to control outbreaks in both human and animal populations. Culture and the microscopic agglutination test are gold standard methods for leptospirosis diagnosis; however, they are not useful for early diagnosis. PCR is demonstrably useful for early diagnosis, but it is unavailable in most developing countries. Therefore, there is a need for accurate and rapid diagnostic tests and appropriate surveillance and alert systems to identify outbreaks. In this study 50 serums of suspected cases with leptospirosis were referred from certain regions in morocco, to the National Institute of Health in Rabat, Morocco, during 2004 to 2010, Slide Agglutination test (SAT) was used for confirmation. Total number of cases were 23,5,1,0,2,8 and 11. SAT positive results were 20,4,0,0,1,6 and 2, in 2004,2005,2006,2007 ,2008,2009,2010 respectively. The number of males was more than females (31 males and 19 females). The serums were from different regions (Beni Melal, Meknas, Agadir, Rabat, Taza, Salé, Tanger, El Jadidah and Sidi Kacem).


Leptospirosis, Morocco, SAT, Zoonosis.

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