Recently, a rare bacterial disease has been reported in the US that may harm pets and their owners.
Leptospirosis, a disease that can spread from animals to humans, has appeared in dogs in Oklahoma and Utah. [1
"In this case, the animal did not eat well, vomited, and had a yellow tinge from which it could be seen that the liver was affected. "It causes failure, definitely kidney and liver failure."
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This one Case occurs in one boarding school in Utah just one month after the illness of more than a dozen dogs.
According to the Center for the Control and Prevention of Diseases, leptospirosis can spread to humans through skin and mucosal breaks (eyes, mouth, nose) caused by an infected dog in the urine or by playing together with the dog ,
Dogs are usually infected by the disease through contact with water contaminated by rat urine – whether swimming in stagnant water or drinking from puddles.
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In humans, leptospirosis can cause a variety of symptoms, including: high fever, chills, vomiting and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes, just to name a few). However, some infected individuals may not have any symptoms at all. Left untreated, it can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress or death.
Health is critical to prevent the spread of the disease. Officials recommend wearing protective clothing or shoes when exposed to potentially contaminated water or soil.
According to Rowland, there are also vaccine owners who can protect their pets from the disease.