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PostSubject: Waterborne Diseases   Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:33 pm

Purdue veterinarian says infection can spread to animals and humans.
Posted: July 3, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Don’t drink the water. That’s what a Purdue University veterinarian warns cat and dog owners to remember when wading or swimming in water this summer.

Providing fresh, clean drinking water for pets can prevent the spread of the bacterial disease leptospirosis, said Steve Thompson of Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine. A small cut on the foot or a sip from a puddle are all it takes for the disease to spread to animals and humans.

Leptospirosis originates from a bacterial infection in animals and is traced to animal urine found in soil, puddles, creeks, and larger bodies of water, Thompson said. Companion animals can be exposed by swimming or walking through water.

The disease can cause severe kidney and liver damage and is often spread by raccoons, opossums, skunks, or deer. Rodents, foxes, and coyotes also carry the bacteria.

The incidence of leptospirosis is low nationally and rarely is fatal, however, wading or swimming in potentially contaminated water should be avoided. Pet owners can guard themselves by wearing protective clothing or footwear.


http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/2008/07/03/dog-owners-warned-of-waterborne-diseases.aspx

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PostSubject: Re: Waterborne Diseases   Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:40 pm

yikes...that doesn't sound like fun. Good info to know!

my husband one got a small cut on his leg when we were camping and he jumped into a calm river in the redwood forests in Cali and the next day i saw it and he didnt even realize,, but where the cut was, a huge swollen mass started to form. it's no joke. however it was easy to treat and went away super fast.some crazy bacteria live in water!
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PostSubject: Re: Waterborne Diseases   Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:10 pm

Thats scary! Yes bacteria and other crazy stuff like ameobas live in the water. Thats why I'm always iffy about going into bodies of water that isn't a pool or the ocean Grin

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