Saturday, July 23, 2011

Leptospira Symptoms

In the previous post, I talked about how to avoid canine leptospirosis or simply leptospirosis. I also mentioned that leptospirosis (or leptospira) can be obtained by exposing oneself to soil or water that are contaminated with Leptospira bacteria.

What if you suspect that you are exposed to soil or water contaminated with Leptospira bacteria? How will you know if the bacteria already entered your body and wreaking havoc to your health?

According to Medicinet, Leptospira symptoms occur about 25 days after the exposure to the Leptospira bacteria. Leptospirosis is a biphasic disease. Biphasic means that this disease has two phases. For the first phase, the leptospira symptom is general flu-like symptom that include headache, muscle pain, eye pain because of bright lights, chills and fever.

The person then begins to be asymptomatic or doesn't show any symptoms.

The second phase occurs few days after feeling better during the asymptomatic period. Leptospira symptoms in the second phase include the symptoms during the first phase and stiffness of the neck. Other symptoms are meningitis (inflammation of the nerves to the eyes, brain and spinal column), renal failure and liver damage that results to jaundice.

Leptospirosis is usually wrongly diagnosed because it has wide range of symptoms. Thus, people who suspects that they have leptospirosis should tell their doctors the instance when they were exposed to the Leptospira bacteria.

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Information on this post was obtained from Medicinet and Wikipedia.

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