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Leptospirosis in France

08 July 2011

The Regional Health Agency of the Rhone-Alpes region has taken a precautionary measure and banned swimming in lakes in the area. This follows the report of one confirmed case and two probable cases of leptospirosis in individuals who swam in Lake St-Jean-de-la-Porte in Savoie, in the south east of the country. The bacteria Leptospira.spp has been detected in the lakes in the region. The Regional Health Agency is advising people who swam in Lake St-Jean-de-la-Porte to consult their doctor if they develop flu like symptoms or a high fever.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers to this area should follow local advice and not swim in lakes where warning signs are in place.