Beef Cattle Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis can infect both animals and people. Virtually all human cases are as a result of direct contact with animals. Leptospiral bacateria are shed in the urine and other discharges, of infected animals. Many animals shedding the bacteria will not show symptoms of the disease. In cattle the symptoms vary depending on the age and pregnancy status of the animal at the time of the infection. The two common outcommes of infection in cattle are ‘redwater’ in calves and abortions in pregnant cows.

The only practical method of preventing leptospirosis from occuring and eliminating the risk by infection is by vaccination. A comprehensive vaccination programme will significantly lessen the risk of Leptospirosis infection in people and livestock.

Treatment: High doses of Streptomycin, consult your Veterinarian.