Leptospirosis: Recognizing the bacterial infection and preventing its spread.

Veterinary healthcare workers are at risk of exposure to infectious diseases that spread from animals to humans, also known as zoonoses. Possible sources of zoonotic infection include aerosolization, droplet spray, ingestion (oral), direct contact (animal, bodily fluids), indirect contact (e.g., fomite, contaminated tools and surfaces, or other objects in the environment), or vector-borne transmission of infectious agents from our patients.

General information.

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacterial infection caused by various strains of a gram-negative spiral-shaped bacteriaVet tech bends down to pet a corgi in his kennel.
called Leptospira. Dogs and rodents infected with Leptospira organisms can transmit infections to other animals and humans via direct or indirect contact with the bacteria. Commonly noted pathology in dogs includes nephritis/renal
failure, hepatic injury, and pulmonary hemorrhage.

How do people get leptospirosis?

How would you know if you were infected?

Symptoms of leptospirosis can range from mild to severe. Clinical signs can develop anywhere from two days to four weeks after being exposed to the bacteria. Common symptoms of leptospirosis include:

To prevent spread.

Recommendations for safe patient handling.