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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2012, Article ID 169013, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/169013
Case Report

Prolonged Leptospira Urinary Shedding in a 10-Year-Old Girl

1The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, P.O. Box 951752, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1752, USA
2The Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, P.O. Box 951752, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1752, USA

Received 22 November 2011; Accepted 29 January 2012

Academic Editor: C. F. Classen

Copyright © 2012 Emilie Chow et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We present a case of leptospirosis in a previously healthy girl following a trip to Costa Rica. While she was clinically asymptomatic, she had spirochetes cultured from her urine six weeks following her trip. Prolonged urinary shedding following infection with Leptospira is possible in humans and often has subtle manifestations in children.