By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the Leptospirosis in dogs in Los Angeles County in 2021, Veterinary Public Health reports 120 total leptospirosis cases (103 lab-confirmed and 17 suspect) from April through September 17.


Six dogs have died as a result of the bacterial infection.

Most of the affected dogs either live in or had exposures in locations on the west side of the county or the San Fernando Valley.  A number of dogs may have been exposed at a boarding facility in Santa Monica, but others may have been exposed at dog parks or beaches.  Many infected pets required hospitalization and extensive care.  At this time, there have been no reports of people becoming ill after exposure to the infected dogs.

From 2008-2020, 88 cases of leptospirosis in dogs were reported in Los Angeles County.