People who often interact with certain types of animals are at increased risk for contracting the bacteria, including zookeepers, veterinarians, and those in other animal-related occupations. Similarly, hunters, who work with animal carcasses, are at increased risk. Because the bacteria can survive for a period in the soil, gardeners and landscapers may also contract the disease. Getting bit by a diseased animal is one of the most common ways to contract the disease.
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