Editor's Note: leptospirosis is a spirochete disease that Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, on our Scientifc Advisory Board, has worked on. He designed a rapid diagnostic technique that saved the life of a young boy who went on vacation in PR and got this very illness. It is spread in contaminated water, from infected animals who have urinated or died in the water. It’s absolutely not surprising that there was an outbreak after a hurricane. We must be on the lookout for these things after natural disasters.
Cayey, Puerto Rico (CNN) Puerto Rico's own records list so many cases of the bacterial disease leptospirosis that officials should have declared an "epidemic" or an "outbreak" after Hurricane Maria instead of denying that one occurred, according to seven medical experts who reviewed previously unreleased data for CNN and the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI).