Commonly infected wildlife
Is this animal infected?
- Infection is considered uncommon
- Most infected animals have no symptoms
Can I get it?
- Contact with:
- Urine or tissues of infected animals
- Water, soil or vegetation contaminated by infected urine
- Consumption of:
- Food or drinking water contaminated by infected urine
How bad can it get?
Can be fatal if not treated immediately
Protect myself and others
- When handling rodents (including beavers) and raccoons:
- Wear disposable gloves
- Wash your hands afterward
- Clean cuts or wounds with soap and warm water
- Wear boots when wading in water
Symptoms in humans
- Most people will not have symptoms
- If symptoms do occur, they can include:
- High fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches and vomiting
- Other symptoms can include:
- Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
- Red eyes
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea, rash
- If untreated, symptoms can include:
- Kidney damage, liver failure, breathing problems, headache, stiff neck
- Fatalities are rare
Safe for pets?
- In severe cases, pets can die from leptospirosis
- Pets can also transfer the bacteria to humans
- Talk to your veterinarian about vaccines
What causes it?
- Bacteria called Leptospira