Weil’s Disease

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Definition

Weil's Disease is more commonly known as leptospirosis, which is a term used to identify certain forms of diseases that are caused by microorganisms of the genus Leptospira. These viruses can usually contracted from urine of rats and other farm animals, most commonly found in cave environment in mud and water.

Diagnosis

The disease is curable if diagnosed in time, but most doctors in the urban areas may never have encountered it. Symptoms is the initial basis of a diagnosis of leptospirosis.

Treatment

This is usually with the administration of some antibiotic such as penicillin, tetracycline , streptomycin, and erythromycin. In severe cases, kidney dialysis may be required.

Symptoms and Signs

The incubation period usually range from seven to thirteen days after exposure to the virus. Generally, the onset is very sudden with symptoms such as headache, chills and shivers that come with some vague muscular pains as well as sore throat and high temperature. Patients may also feel nauseous accompanied by sudden loss of appetite.

Causes

The usual cause of infection is mud or water that is contaminated with an infected rat's urine or any other farm animals that are also infected. The usually route of the infection is through the membranes of the eyes, mouth and nose.

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