Leptospirosis in the family dog: a public health perspective

Brown, Ken; Prescott, John
February 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/12/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 4, p399
Academic Journal
The article offers information about leptospirosis, a disease affecting both humans and animals. Its severity depends on the serotype and can range from an asymptomatic infection to a fatal illness. It occurs worldwide and the highest prevalence is in tropical climates and in warm and wet environments. The incidence of its infections in domestic dogs has risen in the U.S. and Canada. Its diagnosis in humans is based on serology due to the difficulties related with isolating leptospires. A study suggested that there is insufficient evidence providing its clear practise guidelines. It can be prevented through vaccines, though they may produce side effects.


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