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  • Leptospirosis is a disease spread from animals to humans, caused by infection with the bacteria Leptospira.
  • The most common sources of infection are contact with infected animal urine and/or contaminated soil or water. Outbreaks may occur following periods of heavy rain or flooding.
  • Leptospirosis occurs worldwide, but is more common in tropical and sub-tropical areas with high rainfall. In Australia, Leptospirosis is most common in north-eastern NSW and Queensland.

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Reviewed on: 12-05-2023