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6th Edition of World Congress on Infectious Diseases

June 24-26, 2024 | Paris, France

June 24 -26, 2024 | Paris, France
Infection 2024

Hamza Rashid

Speaker at Infection Conferences - Hamza Rashid
Peterborough City Hospital, United Kingdom
Title : A fish farmer's encounter with leptospirosis: A case report


Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacterial infection primarily caused by Leptospira species. This disease, characterized by a wide range of symptoms, is uncommon in the UK, with an incidence of 0.14 cases per 100,000. This oral presentation is the case of a 56-year-old male fish farmer who arrived at the emergency department with thigh pain, immobility, and symptoms of a flu-like illness, including fever, muscle pain, and dark red urine.

Initial tests revealed renal impairment, metabolic acidosis, hepatitis, thrombocytopenia, and inflammatory markers suggestive of severe sepsis. Early diagnosis of leptospirosis was made through clinical history and blood tests, leading to prompt treatment with intravenous ceftriaxone and rehydration. The patient's condition improved rapidly, and subsequent tests confirmed the diagnosis.

This case highlights the importance of clinical history, particularly occupational exposure, in diagnosing leptospirosis. It underscores the need for low clinical thresholds for this disease, as rapid deterioration can occur without timely intervention.


Hamza Rashid is a graduate of Imperial College London and a Doctor completing his foundation years (Intern) in the UK. His interests include general surgery alongside a fascination with tropical diseases and epidemiology, with a particular emphasis on zoonotic infections like leptospirosis. Dr. Rashid has been involved in clinical research and teaching, taking part in several systematic reviews and meta-analyses throughout his university education.