Most leptospirosis cases are people with at-risk occupations

Here are some of the key facts from our latest factsheet on Leptospirosis notifications.

  • There were 82 leptospirosis notifications in New Zealand in 2019.
  • A recent increase in leptospirosis rates from 2014 to 2017 was of public health concern but the rates have decreased since then.
  • Most (69.7%) leptospirosis notifications in 2019 were from people with at-risk occupations, such as farmers and meat workers.
  • Rural area residents had a leptospirosis rate almost 14 times as high as residents in main urban areas.

Visit our Leptospirosis page for more information.