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Leptospirosis (cont.)

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What are leptospirosis symptoms and signs?

The symptoms and signs of leptospirosis are variable and are similar to those seen in many other diseases (dengue fever, hantavirus, brucellosis, malaria, and others). Symptoms can arise about two days to four weeks after exposure to the bacteria. Although some people have no symptoms, others may exhibit

These symptoms usually occur in the first phase of the infection, and when present, they often occur abruptly. Some patients resolve their symptoms and do not progress to the second phase. Others may seem to briefly recover but relapse (about 5%-10%) with more severe symptoms and organ damage. The second-phase symptoms may overlap with the first-phase symptoms and include the following:

This is the second phase of leptospirosis, called Weil's disease. If it's not treated, it may not resolve for several months, and some patients may develop long-term complications such as kidney and lung problems. The death rate is about 1%-5%.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/12/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/leptospirosis/article.htm

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