Leptospirosis

Impacts

Rodents, Cattle, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Horses, Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Wild Mammals, and Humans

Overview / Symptoms

  • Caused by bacteria in the genus Leptospira, which can infect people, pets, livestock, and wildlife
  • Transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water, wet soil or vegetation contaminated by the urine of infected animals
  • Symptoms in infected humans may arise between 2 days and 4 weeks after becoming infected. These symptoms may include fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice, red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rashes
  • Hazard to people that are outdoor workers, animal workers, campers, and people that participate in water sports