What is Leptospirosis? Find Out How You Contract this Infection.

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When you have a chronically ill child in your home you have to take extra precautions not to bring in any germs, bacteria, viruses etc. into the home. This can be very difficult especially when you have other young children going to school each day and being exposed to many different things and coming home again. It can’t always be prevented.

Pediatric home health care can provide medical care and attention to your child in the comfort of your own home. It’s always nicer for your child to be in his own bed and his own room than in a hospital. Children are happier and generally healthier when they are able to stay with their family in their own home, and a trained professional pediatric home health care nurse can make that possible for your family.

If your children are accustomed to playing in nearby streams or rivers in an area inhabited by animals, you may be interested in learning about the following, although rare, bacterial infection.

An uncommon but serious infection for humans is known as leptospirosis and is contracted from animals. It is a very rare bacterial infection, with just 100 to 200 cases estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention each year in the United States. The bacteria that causes leptospirosis is excreted through animal urine and is usually transferred to humans through contaminated soil or water by swimming in lakes and rivers. It enters our bodies through the nose, mouth, or eyes. It can also enter our bodies by swallowing contaminated water. Symptoms usually do not present themselves until about a week after exposure, but in some causes it can take as long as a month for symptoms to occur. An infected person is not infectious to others and leptospirosis is not spread from person to person.

Leptospirosis is characterized by headaches, muscle soreness in calves and back, red eyes (conjunctivitis), stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, skin rash on the shins, fever and chills. The symptoms may come in two phases, with the first phase lasting about a week. The rash may become worse during the second phase. Fast treatment is important because at times leptospirosis can be life threatening. Untreated infections have caused kidney failure, liver infection, meningitis, and a number of other serious health complications.

Due to the potential serious complications and rare nature of this infection, it is important to notify your pediatrician immediately if you suspect your child may have leptospirosis. Doctors will diagnose the infection by testing children’s antibodies from blood samples.

Treatment

Typically antibiotics such as amoxicillin or doxycycline are effective in treating leptospirosis. The type of antibiotic used depends on the age of the patient. Patients who become very ill should be hospitalized and receive penicillin intravenously. Most children can expect a full recovery after treatment. In rare cases, serious complications may occur.

Prevention

Leptospirosis can be avoided with good hygiene such as frequent hand washing and avoiding direct contact with animal urine. Children should also avoid playing in dirty puddles or standing water outdoors. A vaccine to prevent pets from leptospirosis is currently available, but not for humans.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of Pediatric Home Health care services near Huntington,  NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care Services
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.