Leptospirosis occurs worldwide, but is most in common tropical places. Your risk is highest if you live in or travel to these places.
Your risk is also higher if you, or your pets or livestock play or work in or near contaminated soil, plants, or water such as with:
- Swimming or wading
- Boating, canoeing, or kayaking
- Caring for animals
- Working in sewers
- Working in the military
You may not have symptoms. If you do, you may have:
- Muscle aches
- Belly pain
- Red eyes
- Dry cough
- Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes—jaundice
Rare, but serious problems involve the lungs and kidneys.
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