About leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Leptospira. It occurs in both humans and animals, and mainly in tropical areas where conditions are humid, such as northern Queensland or south-east Asia.

Disease type: 
Zoonoses
Vaccination available under NIP: 
No
Notifiable disease: 
Yes

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Vaccinating animals is an important step in preventing leptospirosis, but there is no vaccine for humans. For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's leptospirosis page.

Surveillance and reporting

Leptospirosis is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

For more on leptospirosis in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence

Last updated: 
14 June 2022