One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A severe, sometimes fatal, form of leptospirosis transmitted by rats via contaminated water.
- ‘The incidence of infectious diseases such as diarrhoea, hepatitis, Weil's disease etc are on the rise.’
- ‘Weil's disease, contracted from the urine and faeces of rats, can be fatal if not caught on time.’
- ‘Icteric leptospirosis or Weil's disease is seen in about 10 per cent of the patients.’
- ‘Epidemics such as malaria, Dengue fever, Weil's disease, etc. continue to claim several lives every year.’
- ‘Leptospirosis is rare in the UK, and Weil's disease extremely rare.’
- ‘The river water is untreated and can harbour germs that cause illnesses such as Weil's disease.’
- ‘‘We are not aware of any big increase in Weil's disease though it will be a number of months before we get the figures through,’ he said.’
Late 19th century: named after H. Adolf Weil (1848–1916), German physician.
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