A contagious disease of all animals, including man, signs of leptospirosis can be inapparent, mild, or severe. The severe signs include jaundice, fever, depression, no appetite, bloody urine, and diarrhea. Abortions and stillbirths commonly occur.
Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria which is most often found in creeks, ponds, and places with stagnant water where the organisms can survive for extended periods. The disease enters the body through the contaminated water or food or is acquired by contact of skin or mucous membrane with urine. An animal can become a carrier of the disease and spread the organism in its urine for months or even years. If leptospirosis is common in other livestock in your area, you should confer with your veterinarian as to whether the need for vaccination is appropriate for your animals. Leptospirosis can be passed on to people and other animals.
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