Leptopspirosis is an infectious disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Medline Plus, this disease causes serious infections in the kidneys, liver, brain, lungs or heart.
– It is transmitted through contact with surfaces, water or soil contaminated with the urine of infected animals.
– Three vectors that can spread leptospirosis are mice (Mus musculus), rats (Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus) and mongooses (Herpestes auropunctatus).
– The infection occurs in hot climates.
– It does not spread from one person to another, except in very rare cases.
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The symptoms of leptospirosis are very similar to those of dengue and Zika. The fact that these three diseases have similar symptoms can cause confusion among doctors at the time of diagnosis and that the correct amount of leptospirosis cases is not reported to the Department of Health.