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Epidemiology and Health 2022;e2022015.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2022015    [Accepted] Published online Jan 10, 2022.
Neglecting the neglected during the COVID-19 pandemic; the case of leptospirosis in Sri Lanka
Janith Warnasekara  , Suneth Agampodi 
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Correspondence  Janith Warnasekara ,Email: jwarnasekara@yahoo.com
Received: Nov 25, 2021  Accepted after revision: Jan 10, 2022
Abstract
COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global health systems and has affected the transmission dynamics as well as surveillance of other infectious diseases. This study described the probable effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the surveillance and control of leptospirosis in Sri Lanka. With 8579 reported cases and more than 800 estimated deaths, the Sri Lankan public health surveillance system has documented the largest outbreak of leptospirosis in history in 2020. This was the worst infectious disease outbreak Sri Lanka had in 2020 but was neglected primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: Leptospirosis; COVID-19; underestimation; Sri Lanka; Pandemic; Neglected
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