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Unformatted text preview: Rachel Golub AVS 332 Animal Diseases Leptospirosis Bacterial zoonotic disease that is caused by the bacteria Leptospira Affects humans and a wide range of animals including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles First described by Adolf Weil in 1886 when he reported an acute infectious disease with enlargement of spleen, jaundice and nephritis. Leptospira was first observed in 1907 from a post-mortem renal tissue slice Although among the worlds most common zoonoses relatively rare bacterial infection in humans WHERE ITS FOUND: The Leptospira bacteria are found throughout the world more than 200 known strains infecting mammals Well suited for wet, moist environments: o Muddy riverbanks o Ditches o Muddy livestock rearing areas where there is regular passage of either wild or farm mammals Direct correlation between the amount of rainfall and the incidence of Leptospirosis,...
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