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Leptospirosis-associated neonatal sepsis in Uganda

Key Contact: Claudia Munoz-Zanzi | Visit Activity Website

Activity Dates: June 2017 to June 2018

Country(ies): Uganda

Contact Information

Activity Description

We seek to create a new collaboration between School of Public Health and Medical School at the University
of Minnesota and the Medical School at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Our long-term goal is to
improve our understanding of the burden and outcomes of emerging infections in the pediatric populations with
the highest needs and to identify the most cost-effective clinical and public health interventions. In this
proposed study, we aim:
1. To characterize the prevalence of leptospirosis, clinical presentation, and illness progression among infants
presenting with NS at the Mbarara Regional Hospital.
2. To characterize the molecular epidemiology of the infecting Leptospira species among infants with NS and
its association with the presence of Leptospira in their household environment.

Activity Types


Academic Health Center Units

Other Academic Health Center Units
     Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR)

School of Public Health

Other Collaborators

Joel Bazira, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Mark Schleiss, University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR)
David Boulware, MD, MPH, Medical School, UMN


University of Minnesota AHC Global Health Seed Grant (via Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility)

Activity Topics

Infectious Disease, Zoonotic Disease