Leptospirosis
 

  • What is it? Leptospirosis is caused by a spirochete (a cork screw shaped bacterium).
  • How is it transmitted? Contact with urine of an infected animal or infected urine-contaminated water and mud. May enter the body by contamination of mucous membranes such as the eyes and mouth, through cuts and skin abrasions, and by ingestion.
  • What does it affect? Liver and kidneys. In mild cases, there may be headache, chills, fever, muscle ache and vomiting.
  • What animals can potentially carry this? Leptospirosis can infect and be transmitted by a multitude of furbearers and other animals, including humans.