Transmission Of Leptospirosis From Cat Urine?
Yesterday when I wanted to move the cat to the cage to be taken to the vet, I put it on the lap first, but he had to pee in my skirt and seep into my pants and then a little bit was exposed to my skin. As far as I know leptospirosis can be transmitted by direct contact with the urine of animals suffering from it but I don’t know what examples of direct contact are, so I am afraid of contracting it from dear pets.
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by leptospira bacterial infection. Leptospira bacteria are present in the urine and blood of infected animals. Transmission can be through direct contact with blood / urine of infected animals with the nasal mucosa, mouth, eyes, dry skin, and open sores on the skin. Humans can also be infected after being bitten by an infected animal, holding soil or water contaminated with urine or blood of an infected animal, or when drinking contaminated water. Leptospirosis is not transmitted between humans.
Symptoms of leptospirosis include flu, fever, headache, muscle aches, decreased appetite, nausea, rash. Severe symptoms can cause symptoms of heart rhythm disturbances, chest pain, jaundice, leg swelling, tightness, coughing up blood, and death.
Examination to ensure leptospirosis is by history taking, physical examination, and supporting examination in the form of thesurine, blood test, kidney function test, liver function test, and lung X-ray. The treatment of leptospirosis is with antibiotics accompanied by additional treatment according to the patient's condition.
If your cat is confirmed not to be infected with leptospires, the cat's urine is also not potentially cause leptospirosis. However, exposure to cat urine still has a risk of other diseases, such as toxoplasmosis if the cat is infected with toxoplasma, allergies and skin irritation, ringworm, and cat's claw disease.
If you have cat urine, it is strongly recommended that you immediately change your clothes and clean the area affected by cat urine with water and antiseptic soap. Next consider whether your skin has a wound or not. Check your animal regularly to the vet.
You don't need to worry for now. However, if within 2-4 weeks you experience symptoms of leptospirosis as above, I suggest that you immediately consult a doctor / emergency room so that you can be sure whether there is leptospirosis infection or not and then you can be given further treatment according to your condition.
Hope it helps you,