Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can affect animals and humans. It is found most commonly in warm, wet climates.
Clinical signs in animals with leptospirosis include fever, abortion and infertility, jaundice and in cattle – redwater and mastitis.
Sometimes infected animals can be carriers of the disease without showing any clinical signs. The bacteria colonise in the kidneys and are shed in the urine, thus infecting other animals and humans that come in contact with the urine.
For more information on how the disease operates and how it can be managed, view the Leading Sheep webinar below presented by LBN’s northern regional manager Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson.