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Dog that swam in Belton Lake, Salado Creek being treated for leptospirosis

Posted at 10:50 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 07:02:34-04

WACO, TX — A dog that swam in Belton Lake and Salado Creek is being treated for leptospirosis.

According to a veterinarian at Animal Medical of Salado, they are treating a dog for leptospirosis. They said the dog swam in Belton Lake and Salado Creek before becoming ill.

Central Texas News Now reached out to the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, who said tests along swimming beaches in Belton Lake and Salado Creek met standards set by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.

The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers said test results, which were received Monday, did not show signs of leptospirosis.

According to the Animal Medical of Salado, tests have been sent to a lab to confirm if the disease is leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by a bacterial infection. Leptospira bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water. Symptoms of the disease vary in dogs but can include fever, shivering and reluctance to move.

Leptospirosis can spread from animals to humans.