Leptospirosis in cattle herds


Leptospirosis is a contagious disease which infects both animals and humans. It is caused by bacteria called Leptospira. There are over 200 different strains of Leptospira found worldwide, with infections being most prominent in areas that have a hot and humid climate. Leptospirosis is considered an occupational hazard for many people who work outdoors or with cattle, for example farmers, veterinarians, abattoir workers, sewer workers etc.

The contents of this Primefact include the following:

  • How is leptospirosis spread?
  • Signs of the disease in cattle
  • Immune response to infection
  • Diagnosis in cattle
  • Economic loss due to leptospirosis
  • Prevention in cattle herds
  • Signs of the disease in humans
  • How do humans get leptospirosis?
  • Public health aspects
  • Prevention in humans


Primefact 445 First Edition

Published: Feb 2007