Rare disease spread via rat urine kills seven dogs and leaves dozens of Australians ill

Outbreak of leptospirosis, which can be fatal in humans, attributed to increased construction in Sydney

Seven dogs have died in Sydney from a disease that can kill pets in 48 hours, is transmitted by rat urine and has emerged in New South Wales for the first time, possibly owing to construction “stirring up” rodent populations.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that causes haemorrhages, organ failure and swelling of the brain and is potentially fatal to both dogs and humans.

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Source: theguardian
Rare disease spread via rat urine kills seven dogs and leaves dozens of Australians ill