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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Leptospirosis (Lepto) in Los Angeles County

LEPTO DATA - 2005-2014

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24 cases of Lepto in dogs have been reported to the Veterinary Public Health Program (VPH) between 2005 and 2014

  • 79% of cases were confirmed

  • 17% of cases were probable

  • 4% of cases were suspect


Reporting cases

  • Cases of Lepto are reported by veterinarians in clinics and shelters

  • Because Lepto can be challenging to diagnose, it is likely that it is widely under-reported in Los Angeles County


In 2014, VPH improved its ability to detect Lepto cases locally by getting reports directly from 2 local veterinary laboratories

  • This accounts in part for the rise in cases seen in 2014


In 42% of Lepto cases, the pet owner reported seeing wildlife in their yard. The most common wildlife seen were:

  • Raccoons

  • Rats

  • Opossum and mice

Lepto map 2005-2014

Lepto data 2004-2015

Lepto serovars, 2005-2015  Lepto wildlife exposure, 2005-2014

Last updated: May 5, 2015

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