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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Bacterial infection of humans by the genus Leptospira (WHO et al. 2003) See Weil’s disease

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

Symptoms include high fever, jaundice, severe muscular pains and vomiting (WHO et al. 2003).Transmission is associated with contact with infected animals or water contaminated with rat urine (WHO et al. 2003).Canine leptospirosis can affect dogs in both urban and suburban environments (Prescott 2008).


Prescott, J.  2008.  Canine leptospirosis in Canada: a veterinarian’s perspective.  Canadian Medical Association Journal.  178(4): 397-398.  WHO, WMO and UNEP (2003) Climate change and human health: risks and responses

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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