Health Department

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.
703-246-2411 TTY 711
10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Health

Advice to Clinicians About Leptospirosis in U.S. Travelers Returning from Northern Israel

Health Advisory

Suggested Actions

  • 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: 
  • 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
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