The Leptospirosis Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (LERG), an advisory group to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the epidemiology of leptospirosis, was established in 2009 following an informal WHO consultation in 2006. The first meeting of LERG (LERG 1) took place on 2–4 December 2009 in Geneva. The LERG comprises ten advisors serving in their individual capacities, with a broad range of expertise in burden of disease methodology, epidemiology, clinical laboratory techniques, infectious diseases, zoonoses, disease modelling and international public health. In addition, resource advisors are invited to participate in specific meetings to complement the expertise and skills in the Group. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are also invited to participate in the work of LERG as partners at the human–animal–ecosystems interface. The second meeting of the LERG (LERG 2) was held on 22–23 September 2010.
(La segunda reunión del Grupo de Referencia de Epidemiología de la Carga de Leptospirosis (LERG) se realizó del 22 al 23 de septiembre de 2010 en Ginebra, para continuar el trabajo de calcular la carga mundial de la leptospirosis humana.)