- Leptospirosis is a reportable condition in Virginia. Per the Virginia Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control, health care providers are required to report both lab-confirmed and clinically suspect cases of leptospirosis to their local health department (FCHD disease reporting: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/diseases-conditions/reporting).
- Early symptoms of leptospirosis include fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, conjunctival suffusion (conjunctival redness without exudates), jaundice, and sometimes a rash. Clinicians should consider leptospirosis as a diagnosis in any patient who develops an acute febrile illness within 4 weeks of travel to one of the areas in northern Israel listed on the attached health advisory since July 1, 2018.
- If you have any questions regarding laboratory testing, please contact the Fairfax County Health Department Acute Communicable and Emerging Disease Program at 703-246-2433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.