Boston Veterinary Care reports:
There have been multiple confirmed cases of Leptospirosis in dogs throughout the city of Boston. Leptospirosis is a bacteria that can infect humans and pets, and can be life threatening.
The bacteria is spread through the urine of the infected animals, and infects humans and animals through contact with contaminated urine, water or soil. In cities like Boston, it is most commonly spread through the rodent population (city parks, fountains, etc.).Common symptoms include: fever, increased drinking and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, and weakness.