There were 77 leptospirosis notifications in New Zealand in 2021, a rate of 1.5 per 100,000 people

The surveillance report for ‘Leptospirosis notifications’ has just been published.

The key findings were:

  • Most (59.7%) leptospirosis notifications in 2021 were of people with at-risk occupations, such as farmers and meat workers.
  • Rural area residents had a leptospirosis notification rate over 32 times as high as residents in major urban areas.
  • Males had a leptospirosis notification rate about 5 times as high as females.


The surveillance report can be found here.