Leptospirosis


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What is leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by the bacteria Leptospira. The disease is spread through contact with water, soil or food contaminated by urine from infected animals.

What is my risk?

The risk is low for most travellers, but is higher for travellers who:

How is it transmitted?

What are the symptoms?

Can leptospirosis be treated?

Antibiotics can be administered to reduce the length and severity of infection.

Where is leptospirosis a concern?

Recommendations

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

1. Take precautions to avoid exposure to water that may be contaminated

2. Practise personal hygiene and wash your hands frequently

3. Avoid contact with wild and domestic animals, particularly rodents

4. Discuss the benefits of taking preventive medication (pre-exposure prophylaxis) with a health care professional before departure

5. Monitor your health

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