leptospirosis

by: Keislha Perez

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is an infectious and contagious bacterial

disease of most farm animals and many wildlife species. Causes cattle abortion porcentage.


Symptoms:

  • fever
  • Vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • refusal to eat
  • severe weakness and depression
  • stiffness
  • severe muscle pain
  • inability to reproduce


Leptospirosis is caused by the spiral-shaped bacteria Leptospira.


Antibiotic treatment of milk-drop cases is recommended to reduce excretion of leptospires and zoonotic risk. A single intramuscular injection of streptomycin will eliminate infection from most cattle.


Vaccine all suscptible cattle before infection occurs. If "Lepto" is already present, vaccination will immunise uninfected cattle against organism.


http://www.thecattlesite.com/articles/718/leptospirosis-in-dairy-cattle

http://www.nadis.org.uk/bulletins/leptospirosis-in-cattle.aspx

http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0858/ANR-0858.pdf

Leptospirosis, Treatment and Symptoms