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Can I Get Leptospirosis From Being Near Someone Who Is Infected
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not for humans: No, not yet for humans.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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