Potentially dangerous disease spreading among Boston dogs; could spread to people

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.


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That's how I was taught, too. But....

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according to Merriam-Webster,

Bacteria is regularly a plural in scientific and pedagogical use; in speech and in journalism it is also used as a singular...

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Your point being?

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Your point being? Dictionaries are generally descriptivist nowadays, not prescriptivist. That is, they document usage, not attempt to lay down rules of proper/improper grammar.

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Leptospirosis vaccine

Check your vet records. Leptospirosis vaccine has been a regular part of my dog's vaccine schedule since I got her. So it's possibly pretty commonly prescribed. That said, a quick search on line shows the vaccine is not without controversy, so who knows . . . ?

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