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Leptospirosis: Introduction

Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans ... more about Leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis: Bacterial infection usually caught from animal urine. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Leptospirosis is available below.

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Leptospirosis (General): DBMD (Excerpt)

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans it causes a wide range of symptoms, and some infected persons may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, and vomiting, and may include jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or a rash. If the disease is not treated, the patient could develop kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, and respiratory distress. In rare cases death occurs. (Source: excerpt from Leptospirosis (General): DBMD)

Leptospirosis and Your Pet: DBMD (Excerpt)

Leptospirosis is a disease is caused by spiral shaped bacteria called leptospires. It occurs worldwide and can affect humans as well as many wild and domestic animals, including dogs and cats. The disease can be serious for both humans and animals. In people, the symptoms are often like the flu, but sometimes leptospirosis can develop into a more severe, life-threatening illness with infections in the kidney, liver, brain, lung, and heart. (Source: excerpt from Leptospirosis and Your Pet: DBMD)

Definitions of Leptospirosis:

A severe form of LEPTOSPIROSIS, usually caused by LEPTOSPIRA INTERROGANS SEROVAR ICTEROHAEMORRHAGIAE and occasionally other serovars. It is transmitted to humans by the rat and is characterized by hemorrhagic and renal symptoms with accompanying JAUNDICE. - (Source - Diseases Database)

An infectious disease cause by leptospira and transmitted to humans from domestic animals; characterized by jaundice and fever - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Leptospirosis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Leptospirosis, or a subtype of Leptospirosis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Leptospirosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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