Leptospirosis: Mild Winters Could Mean More Cases

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Several years of mild winters in the Midwest might bring veterinarians and physicians more than the usual number of cases of leptospirosis, or "lepto," a bacterial disease that can affect cattle, swine, horses, wildlife, dogs, and humans.

According to Carol Maddox, MS, PhD, a microbiologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, Ill., several strains of the

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