You can participate if you are:
- 18 years or older
- Farmworker, farmer, or veterinarian
- Work in agriculture, or in close contact with livestock
What happens if I say yes, I want to be in this study?
We will ask you to answer some questions about your occupation and work history and provide a blood sample. The blood will be sampled by placing a needle in the vein of the arm. A small tube of blood will be taken. All this will take about 30 minutes.
After you have responded the questions and a professional has taken your blood sample in a health facility, you will receive in compensation. The survey and the blood collection are completely anonymous; we will not ask you to identify yourself.
Help us to control Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by the bacteria Leptospira that affects people and animals. Agricultural workers, farmers and veterinarians can be easily infected. People who have direct contact with dirty water and animals are at the greatest risk.
What are the symptoms of leptospirosis?
Most people have no symptoms or have very mild symptoms consisting of fever, headache, chills, red eyes and muscle pain for a few days. These symptoms are easily confused with a simple cold. Unfortunately, in some people, leptospirosis persists and affects the kidneys, liver, lungs, eyes, heart and brain.
Where can I get more information?
If you are interested in participating in this research or want to receive more information, do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email (we speak English and Spanish):
Center for Health and the Environment. University of California, Davis.
Contact person: Alvaro Medel
Phone: (530) 761-6380.
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