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Leptospirosis
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Leptospirosis

A disease caused by the entry of the leptospira bacteria through wounds when in contact with flood waters, vegetation, and most soil contaminated by the urine of infected animals, especially rats. Has an incubation period of 7 to 10 days.

Signs and symptoms:

Fever
Non-specific symptoms of muscle pain, headache
Calf-muscle pain and reddish eyes for some cases
For severe cases, liver involvement, kidney failure or brain involvement indicated by yellowish body discoloration, dark-colored urine and light stools, low urine output, severe headache
Treatment:

Take antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
Consult your doctor early because early recognition and treatment of leptospirosis will prevent complications from the disease.
How do I prevent it?

Avoid swimming or wading in potentially contaminated water.
Use proper protection like boots and gloves when work requires exposure to contaminated water.
Drain potentially contaminated water when possible.
Control rats in the household by using rat traps or rat poison. Keep your house clean.

Source: rappler.com