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Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which is acquired through direct or indirect contact with animals, especially rodents.

The commonest form, also called Weil's disease, is caused by Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae. About 10 to 15% of patients with Weil's disease become severely ill with:

  • a 'flu-like illness, followed by,
  • jaundice
  • haemorrhage
  • renal impairment

The majority suffer a benign self-limiting illness without jaundice.

Leptospira canicola usually presents as an aseptic meningitis.

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