Infectious Diseases >> Leptospirosis
The risk of acquiring leptospirosis can be greatly reduced by not swimming or wading in water that might be contaminated with animal urine. Do not handle or come in contact with urine, blood, or tissues from your infected pet before it has received proper treatment. If you are cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated or have urine from an infected pet on them, use an antibacterial cleaning solution or a solution of 1 part household bleach in 10 parts water. Protective clothing or footwear should be worn by those exposed to contaminated water or soil because of their job or recreational activities. Community-based trials of weekly doxycycline for prevention of leptospirosis during periods of high risk may be useful in developing an approach to control leptospirosis epidemics.