National Forum of Leptospirosis of Nicaragua
International meeting of countries that are facing outbreaks of Leptospirosis in the Americas
14 -16 August 2012
Managua, Nicaragua 
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease with epidemic potential that has a significant impact on health in several parts of the world. The change of weather patterns such as heavy rains and floods, increase the risk of occurrence of severe epidemics of leptospirosis. About ten million people are affected by natural disasters in the Region of the Americas annually with an average of one hundred events each year, with the majority of them being storms/tropical cyclones and floods; the subregions most affected are the Latin Caribbean and Central America. Several outbreaks of leptospirosis have been documented in the Region, some of them in Nicaragua, which acquired significant experience in the subject.
Within the framework of the alert and response to diseases of epidemic potential and the International Health Regulations, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) together with the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua, Ministry of Agriculture of Nicaragua and the University of Leon of Nicaragua, organized the National Forum and the International Meeting of leptospirosis of Nicaragua with the objective to support countries that are facing outbreaks of this disease to predict, detect, prevent and respond to outbreaks of leptospirosis.
Leptospirosis is a disease that requires a multidisciplinary approach, both in understanding its driving factors as in the intersectoral actions in prevention and response. Therefore, professionals from the health and agriculture sectors, academia, research institutes and international organizations were invited to these meetings, allowing an exchange of experiences between different levels of practice and knowledge.
Credits: G. Moreno



National Forum of Leptospirosis of Nicaragua
Managua, Nicaragua
14 August 2012

National Forum of Leptospirosis of Nicaragua - 14 August 2012
  • Forum Objectives
    • To present the results of the study conducted jointly with the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua (MINSA) and PAHO, which sought to document the analysis of the known driving factors of Nicaragua to Identify risk areas for leptospirosis outbreaks. 
    • To present the experiences of the country on this issue, some of which were presented in technical meetings held in 2010.
  • Background in Nicaragua 
  • Participants
  • Program and Presentations
  • Recommendations and Conclusions


International Meeting of Countries that are Facing Leptospirosis Outbreaks in the Americas
Managua, Nicaragua
15 - 16 August 2012 


Choluteca, Honduras
28 - 30 october 2013

(Spanish available only)

Con el objetivo de acentuar la importancia del trabajo coordinado entre la salud y agricultura en la prevención de leptospirosis, se realizó del 28 al 30 de octubre en la ciudad de Choluteca, Honduras un ejercicio de simulación de brotes de leptospirosis.  El evento fue realizado entre la Secretaria de Salud y el Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (SENADA) de Honduras. Este simulacro, inédito en la Región, también contó con el apoyo de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), del Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA) y del Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA).  Participaron cerca de 50 profesionales entre médicos de unidades de salud, hospitales, epidemiólogos, técnicos en salud ambiental, microbiólogos, veterinarios de las Secretarias de Salud y de Agricultura, Alcaldías Municipales, Universidades y otros. Este evento técnico puede ser considerado como un ejemplo de "buenas prácticas" utilizando el concepto de "Una Salud".

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