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Leptospirosis
Thu. Dec 31st 2009

Leptospirosis

 

OFPC has been made aware of an incident in New York State FD response area. The Town Animal Control Officer has come down with a disease called Leptospirosis. The Village Animal Control Officer who also operated at the same location went for medical base line information and multiple shots. This was due to an exposure from animal urine from infected animals. The home where this exposure took place is going under condemnation proceedings and the occupants of the home have been removed. The condition of the home has changed the response procedures to include adding a HazMat component to the response for any call at the residence along with mandatory PPE and SCBA. The thought is that due to the economy and the possible abandonment of animals in homes that are not taken care of that this may become more of an issue to emergency responders who have to operate in or around this type of residence. Attached is the CDC information that you may want to send out as an advisory.

 

Animal care organizations nationwide have reported an “up-tick” in the number of incidents involving abandoned pet animals.  This is likely due to the economy and the inability of people to properly care for pet animals.  Should you encounter a situation wherein pet animals appear to be neglected, not properly cared for, or abandoned, immediately institute the same Blood Borne Pathogens, and Body Substance Isolation precautions as you would for human contact.  Notify the appropriate animal control agency in your jurisdiction.

 

 

Additional Info from NCFM HazMat

 

Overview - Leptospirosis is a rare, severe, and contagious bacterial infection.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms can take 2 - 26 days (average 10 days) to develop, and may include:

  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Shaking chills

Less common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal lung sounds
  • Bone pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Enlarged lymph glands
  • Enlarged spleen or liver
  • Joint aches
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat

Treatment

Medications to treat leptospirosis include:

  • Chloramphenicol
  • Erythromycin
  • Penicillins
  • Tetracyclines

Complicated cases will need supportive care.

Causes

Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to several types of the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal urine. It occurs in warmer climates.

Risk factors include:

  • Occupational exposure -- farmers, ranchers, slaughterhouse workers, trappers, veterinarians, loggers, sewer workers, rice field workers, and military personnel.
  • Recreational activities -- fresh water swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and trail biking in warm areas.
  • Household exposure -- pet dogs, domesticated livestock, rainwater catchment systems, and infected rodents.

Leptospirosis is rare in the continental U.S. Hawaii has the highest number of cases in the U.S.

Tests & diagnosis

The blood is tested for antibodies to the bacteria.

Other tests that may be done:

  • Creatine kinase
  • Liver enzymes
  • Urinalysis
  • White blood cell count

Prognosis

The outlook is generally good. However, a complicated case can be life-threatening if it is not treated promptly.

Prevention

Avoid areas of stagnant water, especially in tropical climates. If you are exposed to a high risk area, taking doxycycline may decrease your risk of developing disease.

Complications

  • Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction when penicillin is given
  • Meningitis
  • Severe bleeding

When to contact a doctor

Contact your health care provider if you have any symptoms of, or risk factors for leptospirosis.

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