Weil disease

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Weil dis·ease

(vīl),
a form of leptospirosis (q.v.) generally caused by Leptospira interrogans serogroup icterohaemorrhagiae, believed to be acquired by contact with the urine of infected rats; characterized clinically by fever, jaundice, muscular pains, conjunctival congestion, and albuminuria; agglutinins regularly appear in the serum.

Weil dis·ease

(vīl di-zēz')
A form of leptospirosis generally caused by Leptospira interrogans serogroup icterohaemorrhagiae, believed to be acquired by contact with the urine of infected rats; characterized clinically by fever, jaundice, muscular pains, conjunctival congestion, and albuminuria; agglutinins regularly appear in the serum.

Weil disease

(vīl)
[Adolf Weil, Ger. physician, 1848–1916]
Leptospirosis caused by any one of several serotypes of Leptospira interrogans such as L. icterohemorrhagica in rats, L. pomona in swine, or L. canicola in dogs. All of these may be pathogenic for humans.

Etiology

The infection is caused by contact with infected rat urine or feces.

Symptoms

Symptoms include muscular pains, fever, jaundice, and enlargement of the liver and spleen.

Treatment

Penicillins or tetracyclines are curative.

Prevention

Doxycycline may be used to prevent infection in those exposed to the spirochetes.

Weil,

Adolf, German physician, 1848-1916.
Larrey-Weil disease - Synonym(s): Weil disease
Weil disease - leptospirosis. Synonym(s): infectious icterus; infectious jaundice; Larrey-Weil disease
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