A bacterial disease that can spread to humans is a message about sick dogs in Colorado, a state veterinarian said recently.
Dr. Laura Russell, chief emergency room physician at the Colorado Veterinary Specialist and Animal Center in Littleton, told KMGH-TV that six dogs have been treated for leptospirosis so far this year. On average, the establishment sees one or two cases, she said.
It is not clear what lies behind the reported increase. Be a toxic algae that can kill your soul. They spread through the body through the bloodstream. "
" Two of the most common representatives of this subspecies are the bacteria L. grippotyphosa and L. Pomona. Spirochetes are spiral or cortical bacterial forms that penetrate the system as they invade the skin, "she adds.
After a dog is infected, the bacteria spread through the animal's body, multiplying in the liver, kidneys, eyes and other areas of the body.
Russell said that one of the first signs of leptospirosis in dogs is increased thirst.
"One of the first symptoms of leptospirosis is that they drink tons of water and then go out and urinate, and sometimes they have urinary incidents because they drink so much water," she said, adding that the white of the dog's eyes
Other symptoms may include fever, ie, sore muscles, shaking, weakness, lack of appetite, vomiting and runny nose, among various other signs, but sometimes the infected animal does not show no symptoms.
Dogs usually put away so bacteria in muddy areas with stagnant surface water and "highly irrigated" pastures.
"I saw some pretty horrific cases of leptospirosis this year. I vaccinate my dogs this year for this. "
Leptospirosis is zoonotic, which means it can spread to humans. People can infect the disease through contact with urine or body fluids – except for saliva – from infected animals or contact with contaminated water, soil or food.
"Bacteria may enter the body through the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose or mouth), especially if the skin is broken by being cut or scratched. "Drinking contaminated water can also cause infection," he said The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In humans, signs include fever, headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, jaundice, and vomiting. first phase of infection. In the second phase (if a second phase occurs), the symptoms are much more severe and can lead to kidney failure, liver failure or meningitis, according to the CDC.
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Leptospirosis vaccine is also available for dogs.
"I've seen some pretty horrific cases of leptospirosis this year. This year, I vaccinate my dogs for it, "Russell said.
The news comes after more than a dozen dogs in one Utah city were infected by the disease earlier this year.