Initiated by the Institut Pasteur in New Caledonia (IPNC) and jointly organized with the Pacific Community, this course aimed at increasing the knowledge on leptospirosis, especially biology of Leptospires and epidemiology of the disease to reinforce surveillance, diagnosis and control of the disease in the region.
The director of the Pasteur Institute of New Caledonia, Vincent Richard said leptospirosis was often not recognized or misdiagnosed as dengue, malaria or influenza.
The Pacific Community’s Salanieta Saketa said there was limited data available for the region, partly due to a lack of understanding and the complexity of diagnosis.
Twenty-one medical specialists from around the Pacific, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam will have enhanced knowledge and skills in diagnosis, treatment, vaccinations, surveillance and outbreak response

Academic sessions have covered all features of Leptospirosis:

  • Leptospirosis: from infection to disease and recovery: implications for diagnosis by Dr. Cyrille Goarant
  • Serological diagnostic techniques by Julie Collins-Emerson
  • Leptospirosis sero-prevalence study by Arnaud Tarantola
  • Molecular diagnostic techniques by Julie Collins-Emerson
  • Interpretation of laboratory results by Cyrille Goarant
  • Differential Diagnosis in Acute Febrile Illnesses or Prolonged Fever Syndrome by Salanieta T Saketa
  • Integrating the laboratory in a surveillance system by Tebuka Toatu
  • Biology of Leptospira by Mathieu Picardeau
  • Eco-epidemiological Studies of Leptospirosis: Concepts and Approaches by Colleen Lau
  • Leptospirosis: basic epidemiology, natural history, global burden and prevention by Cyrille Goarant
  • Epidemiology, Risk Charts, & Risk Maps by Colleen Lau
  • Animal leptospirosis: Clinical features and their role in zoonotic transmission by Julie Collins-Emerson
  • Human Leptospirosis: Clinical Features and Treatment Guidelines by Colleen Lau
  • Immunology and vaccination by Cyrille Goarant
  • Vaccination of animals to protect humans by Julie Collins-Emerson
  • Surveillance and Outbreak Response by Jojo Merilles


13 Participating Countries

5 International specialists

Academic and practical course

CAMBODIA (IPC), MYANMAR (NHL) and VIETNAM (NIHE) participated in the training in the framework of ECOMORE

The laboratory sessions have allowed participants to acquire or to reinforce capacities on:

  • Serological diagnosis of leptospirosis: Rapid Tests, ELISA and Micro-Agglutination Technique
  • Leptospira culture and isolation
  • Molecular diagnosis of Leptospirosis by RT-PCR

Dr. Khin Nyein Zan, microbiologist at NHL (Myanmar) and Mrs. Nguyen Thuy Tram, microbiologist at NIHE (Vietnam) participated in this training course in the framework of ECOMORE project. Both countries will implement studies on Leptospirosis and risk factors; in urban and peri-urban settings in Yangon region and in various rural and climatic environments in Vietnam.
Leptospirosis disease is very complex and this one-week course and close interactive discussions with the experts has resulted in clarifying several issues, in improving the protocols of epidemiological studies and in relevant strategy of lab analysis.
This event gave the opportunity to develop the collaboration between ECOMORE project and IPNC; Dr. Cyrille Goarant, will become external expert for the Leptospirosis studies and the project will work together with Dr. Colleen Lau from the Department of Global Health at the Australian National University on awareness of the Medical Doctors involved in the studies.

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