leptospirosis

noun
lep·​to·​spi·​ro·​sis | \ ˌlep-tə-spī-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce leptospirosis (audio) \
plural leptospiroses\ ˌlep-​tə-​spī-​ˈrō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce leptospiroses (audio) \

Definition of leptospirosis

: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals that are caused by infection with leptospires

Examples of leptospirosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After months of inconclusive cultures, genomic testing pointed to leptospirosis, an extremely rare bacterial infection that is easily treated with old-school penicillin. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "New Genomic Tests Aim to Diagnose Deadly Infections Faster," 24 Feb. 2020 Cholera killed thousands in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and and at least two dozen are believed to have died in Puerto Rico from a leptospirosis outbreak following Hurricane Maria in 2017. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Hurricane Dorian Is Gone. But the Bahamas Still Faces a Big Risk From Infectious Disease," 12 Sep. 2019 Modern scholars have argued that indigenous communities were devastated by leptospirosis, a disease caused by Old World bacteria that had likely reached New England through the feces of rats that arrived on European ships. Peter C. Mancall, CNN, "Pilgrims survived the first Thanksgiving thanks to an epidemic that devastated Native Americans," 25 Nov. 2019 In addition, feral pigs are known to carry several diseases dangerous to humans and the domestic swine industry, including swine brucellosis, pseudorabies and leptospirosis. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Every report of feral pigs is of interest': DNR wants hunters to look out for this invasive species," 22 Nov. 2019 The lack of access to clean water can also raise the risk for infections like leptospirosis, which can be found in the urine of rats and rodents. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Hurricane Dorian Is Gone. But the Bahamas Still Faces a Big Risk From Infectious Disease," 12 Sep. 2019 Alexandre Ferreira, a doctor with the military police of Minas Gerais, advised rescue crews, volunteers and journalists to take antibiotics to prevent cholera, the bacterial infection leptospirosis and other diseases. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "Searchers probe deep mud from Brazil dam breach; 65 dead," 29 Jan. 2019 And dozens of residents soon after the storm fell ill with leptospirosis, a serious bacterial infection that can occur from consuming or wading in contaminated water, according to health officials. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 And dozens of residents soon after the storm fell ill with leptospirosis, a serious bacterial infection that can occur from consuming or wading in contaminated water, according to health officials. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back To Normal," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of leptospirosis

circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leptospirosis

New Latin

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“Leptospirosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leptospirosis. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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leptospirosis

noun
lep·​to·​spi·​ro·​sis | \ ˌlep-tə-spī-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce leptospirosis (audio) \
plural leptospiroses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce leptospiroses (audio) \

Medical Definition of leptospirosis

: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals (as cattle and dogs) that are caused by infection with spirochetes of the genus Leptospira

called also lepto

— see stuttgart disease, weil's disease

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