Spotlight Series: Leptospirosis

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre Spotlight Series 

Reference Number: BRA-65

Official Title: PAHO/WHO CC for Leptospirosis
Institution: National Reference Laboratory for Leptospirosis, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC), Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ) 


Category 1 (SP 14-19)

Outcome 4, 24, 25 (SP 20-25)

Dr. Duarte

Dr. Paulo Duarte, Advisor, Veterinary Public Health at PANAFTOSA (Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease), is the PAHO staff member who acts as the Region’s focal point to coordinate the collaboration between the institution and the Organization.   

The main activities of this Centre include: (1) safekeeping the collection of Leptospira cultures; (2) building capacity by supporting leptospirosis diagnostics; and (3) conducting research to increase knowledge of leptospirosis.

The Centre safekeeps the collection of Leptospira cultures (Coleção de Leptospira -CLEP) by continuous culturing of live bacteria and shipment of  bacteria cultures to national laboratories in order to build capacities on the diagnosis of leptospirosis across Member States. Recently, Cuba, Guatemala, and Panama submitted requests to the Centre and with the support of PANAFTOSA, received the collection of bacteria (including information on best practices) for the purpose of strengthening leptospirosis diagnosis and surveillance in their respective countries. The Centre has also worked with PAHO staff to produce publications to increase knowledge of Leptospira and the epidemiological situation of the disease within the Region including:

Webnotes such as these serve to inform on how CCs are contributing to the Organization’s priorities and mandates.