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Leptospirosis is a type of bacterial infection that is spread by animals. It is caused by a strain of bacteria called leptospira.
Symptoms of leptospirosis
The symptoms of leptospirosis usually develop abruptly seven to 14 days after exposure to the leptospira bacteria.
Causes of leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is caused by a strain of bacteria called leptospira, which are found in certain animals and can spread to humans.
Diagnosing leptospirosis
Leptospirosis can be difficult to diagnose in its mild early stages, as it shares symptoms with many other more common infections.
Treating leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is usually treated with a course of antibiotics, although their effectiveness has not been conclusively proven.
Preventing leptospirosis
Although leptospirosis is rare in the UK, some simple steps can help reduce your chances of developing the condition.