Leptospirosis is found all over the world. It is most common in tropical places.
The risk is higher for those who have contact with:
- Infected animals
- Contaminated soil or water, such as with:
- Sewer work
- Working in the military
- Swimming or wading
- Boating, canoeing, or kayaking
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a (Weil's Disease; Icterohemorrhagic Fever; Swineherd's Disease; Rice-Field Fever; Cane-Cutter Fever; Swamp Fever; Mud Fever; Hemorrhagic Jaundice; Stuttgart Disease; Canicola Fever)
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