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Meaning of WEIL'S DISEASE

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a severe form of leptospirosis in human beings
 
 See Also: leptospirosis, swamp fever

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Weil's disease\ (Med.)
An acute infectious febrile disease, resembling typhoid
fever, with muscular pains, disturbance of the digestive
organs, jaundice, etc.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Any disease caused by a member of the bacterial genus <EM>Leptospira</EM>, which chiefly afflicts a number of livestock and other domestic animals but can also affect humans. The disease is spread by the urine of infected people and animals. When found in humans, the disease is also called canicola fever, mud fever, swamp fever, hemorrhagic jaundice, infectious jaundice, spirochetal jaundice, swineherd's disease, and Weil's disease, and tends to infect people who handle animals or who come into contact with animal urine (either directly or through contaminated soil and water) or infected animal tissue. Symptoms often include fever, headache, chills, and muscle pain, but can also include jaundice, bleeding and/or hemorrhaging in or below the skin, rash, meningitis, and renal insufficiency (kidney failure).
 

 

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