Weil Syndrome

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Weil Syndrome, otherwise known as the Leptospirosis or the canicola fever, canefield fever, nanukayami fever or the 7-day fever among other names, is a bacterial zoonotic disease which affects both human and animals like mammals, reptile, amphibians and birds. It is an infection that is commonly transmitted to human through allowing fresh water that is contaminated with animal urine to came in contact with the broken skin. It was first observed in 1907 from a post mortem renal tissue slice (Stimson AM (1907). "Note on an organism found in yellow-fever tissue." Public Health Reports 22:541).


Diagnosis includes blood test or serum testing, kidney function tests and enzyme-linked immunosorbent Assay or ELISA and Serological testing.


Treatment includes administration of Aetiotropic drugs such as antibiotics like doxycycline, penicillin, amoxicillin or through human vaccines, detoxification and normalization of the hydro-elecolytic balance are also used to treat the disease.

Symptoms and Signs

The effect of the disease or the infection varies from one person to another, one person may not manifest any symptoms while others suffer from a flu-like sickness where the person suffers fever, shills and intense headache. Then later on it may be characterized by meningitis, liver damage and renal failure.


Weil Syndrome is said to be caused by Leptospira spp., a spirochaete bacteria which said to cause diseases like (Icterohaemorrhagiae, canicola, pomona, grippotyphosa, and bratislava). Heuter, Kerry J.,Langston, Cathy E. (2003). "Leptospirosis: A re-emerging zoonotic disease". The Veterinary Clinics of North America 33: 791-807). It is transmitted by a contaminated water which has urine of contaminated animal that may come in contact with a broken skin.

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