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Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonosis, a disease that affects both humans and animals. Humans become infected through direct contact with the urine of infected animals or with a urine-contaminated environment. Leptospirosis often spreads after floods through drinking water or infection of open wounds. Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.


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Leptospirosis This module describes leptospirosis, its causes, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, consequences and methods of prevention.