Alabama rot: what you need to know

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There has been a lot in the press re­cently about Alabama rot as recorded cases in the UK dou­bled in the last year and con­tinue to rise. The Coun­try­side Al­liance is ask­ing dog own­ers to re­main calm yet vig­i­lant. The dis­ease re­mains ex­tremely rare, but as it is rel­a­tively new to the UK it is im­por­tant all ef­forts are taken to dis­tin­guish causes, vec­tors and symp­toms at an early stage.

There were 40 recorded cases in the UK of the deadly Alabama rot in 2017, twice as many as in 2016. Wor­ry­ingly, the in­crease ap­pears to be con­tin­u­ing as 30 recorded cases have been seen through­out the UK in 2018 al­ready. How­ever, this in­crease may be due to an im­proved aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of the dis­ease.

Cases this year have been re­ported in Lit­tle Hul­ton and Sale (Greater Manch­ester), Lin­colnshire, Axmin­ster and Ply­mouth (Devon), Wor­thing (West Sus­sex), Toot­ing and Dul­wich (Lon­don) and Hayle (Corn­wall).

Sarah Lee, head of pol­icy at the Coun­try­side Al­liance, said: “While it is un­der­stand­able to be wor­ried, there is ab­so­lutely no re­quire­ment to change your daily prac­tices. In­stead, we sug­gest dog own­ers should keep up to date with con­firmed cases around the coun­try and re­port any ab­nor­mal symp­toms such as skin le­sions to their vet­eri­nary prac­tice im­me­di­ately. It is only if there are re­ports of Alabama rot in your lo­cal area that ex­tra pre­cau­tions should be taken.

“Work and re­search is on­go­ing to dis­cover more about this dis­ease and it is es­sen­tial that ev­ery dog owner plays their part in help­ing stop the spread of Alabama rot.”

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