Leptospirosis is an infectious disease. Leptospirosis occurs throughout the world and affects both animals and humans. The infection spreads by the urine of infected animals, both domesticated (including dogs and horses) and wild infected animals (such as rodents or wild pigs). Risk factors for the infection are close association with animals and water and soil contaminated with infected urine.
Signs and symptoms of leptospirosis include
Other associated symptoms and signs can include
- joint and muscle pain,
- nausea or vomiting,
- red eyes,
- skin rash, or
- sore throat.
About 5%-10% of those affected progress to a more serious form of the disease that can cause multiple organ failure (known as Weil's disease).
Cause of leptospirosis
Infection with the bacteria Leptospira interrogans causes leptospirosis.
Other leptospirosis symptoms and signs
- High Fever
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Red Eyes
- Skin Rash
- Sore Throat
Main Article on Leptospirosis Symptoms and Signs
Infectious Disease Resources
Health Solutions From Our Sponsors
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter