<em>Leptospira interrogansis</em> b/w <em>Leptospira interrogansis</em>

Leptospira interrogansis

A spiral-shaped bacterium which causes leptospirosis (also known as Weil's disease). Leptospirosis is transmitted via direct contact with the body fluid of an infected animal or by exposure to soil or fresh water contaminated with the urine from an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, conjunctivitis and muscular pains. Kidney failure may also occur in severe cases.

Microbe passports

Microbes are everywhere, but we can’t see them. These mysterious microscopic organisms play a very important role in our lives. Some make us sick but many more are helpful.

Microbes are very diverse they have an amazing variety of shapes and sizes and can exist in a wide range of habitats from hot springs to the icy wastes of Antarctica and inside the bodies of animals and plants. Microbes live in the soil and the rocks just think every time you walk on the ground you step on millions of microbes.

Microbiologists study microbes: where they occur, their survival strategies, how they can affect us and how we can exploit them.

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