ST. GEORGE — No longer decrease than thirteen cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial illness that can infect humans, contain been confirmed in dogs in St. George, officials dispute.
The illness can trigger kidney worry, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory injure and even death, in step with the Centers for Disease Take watch over and Prevention.
Ten of the confirmed cases are in dog sufferers at Red Hills Animal Clinical institution and the other three are at other dwelling veterinary facilities, in step with a news originate from the animal health heart.
The outbreak was as soon as doubtless dropped at southern Utah by an infected dog that stayed at Red Rock Pet Resort a few weeks previously, Dr. Scott Hanig, veterinarian with Red Hills Animal Clinical institution, stated in the originate.
While the unique sick dog hasn’t been identified, Hanig theorized the illness may possibly possibly per chance contain come from Phoenix, Arizona, which experienced a recent leptospirosis outbreak.
“The bacteria can continue to exist for months underneath the just prerequisites and is amazingly contagious to each and every dogs and humans,” Hanig stated in the originate.
Typically it’s no longer glaring to boarding or dog-day care facilities that they are housing an infected dogs, since dogs can unfold the illness for months and no longer declare any clinical signs, Hanig notes in the originate.
“This is able to possibly per chance happen at any pet facility where dogs are in shut proximity,” a Fb post from the pet resort be taught.
At this level, about half of the sick dogs contain been hospitalized and all dogs are responding properly to treatment, Hanig stated.
Blood and urine checks had been feeble to diagnose the cases of the illness, the originate acknowledged.
To forestall the illness and lend a hand it from spreading, veterinarians at the animal health heart counsel all dogs fetch vaccinated against leptospirosis, which was as soon as on hand as of Tuesday at Red Hills Animal Clinical institution.
“The vaccine is proven to give protection to dogs against most forms of Leptospirosis
and is excessive to controlling the illness,” the originate acknowledged.
Crew at the animal health heart contain quarantined sick animals from others to forestall infecting other dogs, including separate examination areas.
Furthermore, workers and doctors are also “following strict guidelines to lend a hand themselves accurate from the infection,” the originate acknowledged.
The infection essentially spreads thru the urine of infected dogs for the reason that leptospirosis accumulates in the blood and kidneys, in step with an affiliate veterinarian at Red Hills.
“Diversified dogs, and of us may possibly possibly per chance additionally be infected thru breaks in the skin and mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nostril) from playing in shared pools, or being round urine from an infected dog,” the affiliate veterinarian acknowledged in the news originate.
With this outbreak, the most up-tp-date signs of infected dogs in southern Utah contain been lethargy, inappetence, sore muscle tissue or joints, fever, vomiting and diarrhea, in step with the originate.
The health heart has obtained extra than 300 cell phone calls about the illness and in declare to educate the neighborhood additional, has scheduled a specialist to recent on the illness on Sept. 18.
“Now that this illness is in our dwelling, it’ll engage a coordinated effort from all those concerned about animal care to forestall it from spreading and causing future
outbreaks,” Hanig stated in the originate.