Leptospirosis is an infection caused by bacteria. It can be mild or severe. Severe cases can lead to organ damage and even death.
Certain bacteria cause the infection. It is spread from the urine of infected animals. The urine gets into water, soil, and plants. The bacteria gets into the body from direct contact. This means from:
Cuts in the skin
The mouth, nose, and eyes
Drinking contaminated water
Leptospirosis is found all over the world. It is most common in tropical places.
The risk is higher for those who have contact with:
Contaminated soil or water, such as with:
Working in the military
Swimming or wading
Boating, canoeing, or kayaking
Some people do not have symptoms. Those who do may have:
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