Leptospira interrogans icterohaemorrhagiae


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Leptospira interrogans icterohaemorrhagiae

The species that causes hemorrhagic, spirochetal jaundice (Weil's disease). The bacteria are found worldwide; the natural hosts are wild animals and dogs, which develop chronic kidney infection. Humans acquire the bacteria from exposure to animal urine, often in water such as ponds and puddles. Symptomatic infection ranges from mild gastrointestinal upset to fatal liver failure often in association with meningitis. A vaccine is available for dogs.
See also: Leptospira