Leptospirosis: The deadly zoonotic disease next door

02/16/2013 | Record (Hackensack, N.J.), The

Veterinarian Mary Ann Crawford explains that leptospirosis is contracted via contact with infected urine that may be present in water or moist soil, and it can affect dogs and humans. Because leptospirosis causes nonspecific symptoms and can progress to deadly liver or kidney infections in dogs, ill dogs should be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible, Dr. Crawford advises. A vaccine is available for dogs and is the best way to prevent leptospirosis infection, she writes.

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