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Old 09-23-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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Never heard of it, right? Me either until 7 weeks ago. We had just returned from a month in New England, I felt like I might have the flu, head ache and high temp (104). Went to the ER on August 8. Temperature broke and I felt better, I was discharged. Followed up with the family doc and was told I'd feel better in a few days. August 12 went back to ER temp (105) aches, severe headache. Admitted, I became unresponsive(coma), on August 14 I was transferred to the Hospital of the University Pennsylvania where I lay in the coma for 5 days. There was some doubt as to weather I would pull through. Now the point of my post, the diagnosis was Leptospirosis, never heard of it? me either. It's transferred by animal urine, most commonly mice and rats, but also common in farm animals, dogs and sometimes cats. I was one of the lucky ones' as I got the most severe form. We had been to the Barnstable county fair on Cape Cod the week before it struck. The incubation times for the disease work out perfectly with the visit. I made the mistake of petting the animals and eating without washing. The perfect vector for transmission. The reason I'm writing this is to warn people WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER CONTACT WITH ANIMALS. I'm still suffering from the after affects, vertigo and nausea, but I was much closer to death than I care to be. Look up Leptospirosis and follow the guidelines. Mike
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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Never heard of it, right? Me either until 7 weeks ago. We had just returned from a month in New England, I felt like I might have the flu, head ache and high temp (104). Went to the ER on August 8. Temperature broke and I felt better, I was discharged. Followed up with the family doc and was told I'd feel better in a few days. August 12 went back to ER temp (105) aches, severe headache. Admitted, I became unresponsive(coma), on August 14 I was transferred to the Hospital of the University Pennsylvania where I lay in the coma for 5 days. There was some doubt as to weather I would pull through. Now the point of my post, the diagnosis was Leptospirosis, never heard of it? me either. It's transferred by animal urine, most commonly mice and rats, but also common in farm animals, dogs and sometimes cats. I was one of the lucky ones' as I got the most severe form. We had been to the Barnstable county fair on Cape Cod the week before it struck. The incubation times for the disease work out perfectly with the visit. I made the mistake of petting the animals and eating without washing. The perfect vector for transmission. The reason I'm writing this is to warn people WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER CONTACT WITH ANIMALS. I'm still suffering from the after affects, vertigo and nausea, but I was much closer to death than I care to be. Look up Leptospirosis and follow the guidelines. Mike
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:41 AM   #3
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Thanks Mike for the info. I'm glad you are better and hope you make a full recovery.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:19 PM   #4
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Mike

I guess you were lucky. They found out what it was. We had several Biologist that I worked with get Brucelosis(sp) from handling wild pigs.

NEVER handle a pig with a cut on your hands. Very easy to get. It also has the flu-like sys. and can stay with you for the rest on your life. Once its in your system, cannot get it out. If it does not get severe, It is very hard to determine what you have. And it will keep croping up for the rest of your life.

Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery s/Toby
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:56 PM   #5
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...And when you wash your hands, you should sing a verse of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" to ensure that you've washed for the proper length of time.

I know some of you reading this think I'm either crazy or silly, but it's true! In fact, Bob Evans Restaurants is providing free vinyl hand-washing "clings" for schools and organizations to adhere to rest room mirrors as reminders.

Still not a believer? Read this:

Bob Evans Restaurants Offer Free Hand-Washing Reminders to Schools, Day Cares, Organizations
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Old 09-29-2007, 12:56 PM   #6
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I'm so glad you've recooperated, Lepto is one of the things that kills our family pets and
that we have shots for. Still it is not that
well known. There are also several forms, (mutations) as is the flu from year to year.
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So glad you are recovering. Thanks for letting us know about this.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:10 AM   #8
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Hondo, many thanks for passing this information along. I will make sure that it gets sent out to our camping club and I would encourage others to do the same. Communication can be so helpful to so many in cases like this. I do hope that you have NO more affects and continue to get better. .... Thanks to you, many others can avoid getting sick because you cared......
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:54 AM   #9
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Dog owners please do not take offense. But it may be a GOOD idea to wash your hands more often in campgrounds. So many visiting dogs in such a small space--there has to be lots of dog urine. I went to the South Carolina Samboree in Myrtle Beach last April, almost every rig had a dog or two or three. One lady had two Great Danes. And as you know the male dogs have to "visit" every bush and tree.
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