2. What is Weil’s Disease?

Leptospirosis in it’s most severe form, affects approximately ten percent of all infected patients. 90 percent of all cases are mild, and antibiotics resolve the symptoms. Dr. Adolf Weil identified these troublesome bacteria in 1886 in Germany. The disease does lend itself to outbreak in areas of poverty and high-density communities. Leptospirosis is more prevalent in tropical environments than temperate climates. Annually, seven to ten million people get leptospirosis. Individuals working with animals, freshwater, or sanitary systems are more likely to contract the illness. Here’s a list of the most commonly infected occupations:

  • Farmer
  • Taxidermist
  • Veterinarian
  • Freshwater fisherman
  • Butchers
  • Freshwater sports athletes
  • Rodent control
  • Sewage engineer
  • Miners

The bacteria makes contact with the eyes, mouth, or open wounds and begin reproducing in a human host. Weil’s disease can be hard to diagnose because it often resembles other illnesses like the common flu.

What is Weil's Disease?