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Can I get leptospirosis from being near someone who is infected?

Can I get leptospirosis from being near someone who is infected?

No: Mostly infected by contact with cuts, scrapes, or nose or mouth contact with infected animal urine or water or soil contaminated with infected animal urine. There are cases of person to person spread with sexual contact and breast feeding, but not just from being near someone. ...Read more

Dr. Leonard Mermel
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Leptospirosis (Definition)

A severe infection that is caused by a specific bacteria. It usually occurs in warmer climates, and the bacteria may be found in fresh water that is ...Read more


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Can a woman die from leptospirosis contracted by drinking from an infected soda can?

Can a woman die from leptospirosis contracted by drinking from an infected soda can?

Leptospirosis is: Spread through water contaminated with urine usually from rodents. It would be unlikely for this to occur from the inside of an unopened soda can but the top could be contaminated. Leptospirosis can be fatal but not commonly. ...Read more

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Can you get leptospirosis from a pet bunny rabbit?

Can you get leptospirosis from a pet bunny rabbit?

Highly unlikely-: Other infections such as franciscella tularensis (tularemia) potentially, yes- but not leptospirosis from petting a bunny. However, if you are the one responsible for cleaning up rodent feces and urine, you could get it if the bunny is infected and one were to inhale dtried particles of its feces or urine. ...Read more

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We have a new bunny in the house , can we get leptospirosis from it?

We have a new bunny in the house , can we get leptospirosis from it?

Possibly: Vaccination of domestic animals against leptospirosis provides significant protection, but is not effective in all animals. Some immunized animals become infected and excrete the bacteria in their urine. Most cases occur in the tropics. Maybe your veterinarian can tell you more. ...Read more

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My dog has leptospirosis, currently under treatment. Should I get my children and spouse and myself checked, too?

My dog has leptospirosis, currently under treatment.  Should I get my children and spouse and myself checked, too?

Discuss With Doctor: Human Leptospirosis infection can occur mainly from exposure to urine of an infected animal. 90% of infections occur with mild or no symptoms. Severe illness can result in jaundice, kidney failure & more. Symptoms are: fever, chills, headache, nausea, rash & more. Treated with antibiotics (AB). Recommend you discuss exposure w/ your doctor to monitor for symptoms & to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how leptospirosis effect humans?

Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis symptoms can include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, chills, muscle pain, chills, headache and rash in the first phase. If a person goes on to have the second phase of the illness they develop renal or hepatic failure as well as meningitis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have leptospirosis (weil's disease)?

Weil' s Disease is: actually the second phase of the illness when one could develop renal or hepatic failure as well as meningitis. However, many only have one phase. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, chills, muscle pain, chills, headache and rash in the first phase. See your doctor if you believe you may have Leptospirosis. ...Read more

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My temparature is an average of 36.5 to 37 degrees. Do I have leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis: I think if you had leptospirosis, you would know it much more clearly. That disease is marked by real fevers, severe muscle pains, and headaches. It doesn't sound like you have any of those. Plus, you would need some exposure factor like visiting Hawaii or working with rats or dogs (as in a vet tech or something). A doctor can check you out if you have doubts. Feel better. ...Read more

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Can leptospirosis be contracted from drinking?

Yes: If you drink water containing the urine of an infected animal, you can get the disease. ...Read more

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Do people with leptospirosis have a lot of pain?

They certainly can!: Leptospirosis can cause significant flu-like body pains. That seems to get better after 1-2 weeks then more serious problems set in including severe organ damage. Leptospirosis must be diagnosed and treated promptly and appropriately to avoid serious problems! ...Read more

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Whu calf pain in patients with leptospirosis?

Whu calf pain in patients with leptospirosis?

Calf pain/leptosporo: It is presumed to be due to combination of factors 1generalised effect of fever and constitutional symptoms causing pain in muscles of calf and also arms 2lepto causing local inflammatory responce directly in calf muscle. ...Read more

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What are the tests for leptospirosis?

See below: Clinical features and lab testing are not specific, a high index of suspicion must be maintained for the diagnosis. Cultures can be done growing the bacteria. Serologic test: labs and include the microscopic agglutination test (mat), macroscopic agglutination test, indirect hemagglutination, and elisa. Mat is considered the gold standard. Molecular techniques (pcr) are being developed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leptospirosis?

Flu-like symptoms: The disease starts with a fever, headache, and other flu-like symptoms. After recovering from those symptoms, you can then go on to develop meningitis, kidney failure, and liver damage with jaundice. ...Read more

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What is the life cycle of leptospirosis ?

See answer below: The following link provides a fairly detailed description: http://www.leptospirosis.org/life-cycle-of-pathogenic-leptospires/ ...Read more

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How much time does it take to cure leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis: can last variable periods ranging for several days to about 3 weeks with treatment. . Without medical treatment it may take up to several months to recover depending on severity of illness. ...Read more

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What choices do I have for treating leptospirosis?

A few choices: If the patient isn't so sick, then oral Doxycycline is a good choice. In sicker patients, penicillin g IV therapy is preferred. More recent trials have shown that third-generation cephalosporins are as effective as Doxycycline and penicillin in treating this disease. The crucial step is to actually be thinking about this diagnosis in the right situation. ...Read more

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How is leptospirosis transmitted and how is it treated?

Surroundings: Humans most often become infected after exposure to environmental sources, such as animal urine, contaminated water or soil, or infected animal tissue. Portals of entry include cuts or abraded skin, mucous membranes or conjunctiva. The vast majority of infections with leptospira are self-limiting. Although penicillins, tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, and Erythromycin have antileptospiral activity. ...Read more