Leptospirosis: The zoonotic disease at your back door

05/22/2013 | Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)

Leptospirosis, a potentially deadly zoonotic disease caused by a spirochete bacterium, infects a number of species including raccoons, skunks, and foxes, and it can be transmitted to people and pets via contact with infected urine and other bodily fluids, veterinarian Kathy Gagliardi writes. Avoiding wildlife is a good place to start when trying to prevent infection among humans and their animal companions. Vaccination is recommended for some dogs, and a veterinarian can help decide whether it's indicated.

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Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)

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