What is Leptospirosis or Weil Syndrome?

What is Leptospirosis or Weil Syndrome?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria from the family, Leptospira. These bacteria is usually found in the infected urine of rodents and other animals. And in the Philippine setting, the bacteria is easily transmitted to humans during flooding when humans are exposed to these infected water.

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Some of the manifestations of Leptospirosis include muscle pain, dry cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and shaking chills. However, these symptoms usually are observable after 2 – 26 days of infection or the average of 7 – 10 days.

Medical treatments for Leptospirosis include Doxycyclin, Ampicillin, Ceftriaxone and Penicillin. But it is not recommended to patients showing the above mentioned symptoms to self-medicate. It is best and still necessary to seek consult to a medical professional.

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