It is also known as field fever, rat catcher’s yellows and pretibial fever.
The infection can be both mild and severe with the symptoms including headache, muscle ache, fever and even bleeding from lungs and meningitis in severe cases. It sometimes causes the victim to turn yellow and die from kidney failure.
The most common carriers of this disease are the rodents. They spread by close contact with infected animals.
Close to ten million people are reportedly affected by it every year. People who work outdoors like farmers and labourers are mostly the victims.
It can also spread in homes if domesticated dogs come in contact with infected animals.
Leptospirosis is not an incurable disease and can be treated with antibiotics like doxycycline, penicillin, and ceftriaxone.