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The European Leptospirosis Society (ELS) was formed in 2012 in order to promote knowledge on leptospirosis and related haemorrhagic fevers through the organisation of regional meetings, networking between European institutions and to facilitate fund raising for research on the subject.

Objectives of the Society

To create awareness about leptospirosis and rodent borne diseases in general among medical and veterinary professionals, scientists, health planners, policy makers and the general public in different parts of the world.

To organise a European scientific meeting of the Society, triennially or as appropriate. These meetings will be noted Eurolepto followed by the year of the meeting.

To facilitate communication and as far as feasible distribute scientifically relevant publications, either or not peer reviewed, among people with an interest in leptospirosis focused on, but not exclusively directed to, Europe (including EU and Russian Federation) the Middle East and Africa (ERMA).

To provide up-to-date epidemiological information on leptospirosis to international and national health authorities as requested.

To provide or support internationally available services including training and education as appropriate that will assist the diagnosis of leptospirosis, research into leptospirosis and the control or treatment of leptospirosis and related haemorrhagic fevers.

To promote harmonisation in the diagnosis of leptospirosis among European laboratories to build databases of comparable epidemiological data.

To present a consortium that acts as a partner in fund raising for research on leptospirosis and related haemorrhagic fevers.