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Widespread but Neglected Disease a Health Threat in Africa, Virginia Tech Researchers Say
May 15, 2013
Virginia Tech researchers have identified leptospirosis as a significant health threat in Botswana. The world's most common disease, transmitted to humans by animals, according to the World Health Organization, leptospirosis is a two-phase disease that begins with flu-like symptoms but can cause meningitis, liver damage, pulmonary hemorrhage, renal failure and even death if untreated.
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