Leptospirosis

There are two types of leptospirosis infection which can affect workers in the UK:

  • Weils Disease (a serious and sometimes fatal infection transmitted to humans by contact with urine from infected rats)
  • Hardjo form of leptospirosis (transmitted from cattle to humans).

Workers affected are those on farms, those who undertake sewage work and fieldwork involving caving and/or contact with stagnant water such as ponds and canals. For further guidance visit the HSE website.