First UK Pet Succumbs To Tropical Disease and Vets Are Advising Measures as It Could Infect Humans
In what can be termed as a matter of grave health concern, a UK pet has just succumbed to a tropical type disease and health officials are warning it can be passed on to humans. The dog in question is a little three-year-old Shih Tzu who developed nausea and vomiting and diarrhea which was the classic signs of parvo but instead was something else called leishmaniasis which is a tropical disease that can also infect humans.
1A deadly tropical parasitic disease
The disease leishmaniasis is a tropical type parasitic disease that is spread by sandflies and can be transmitted from animal to animal. The Shih Tzu who started vomiting and developed diarrhea started losing weight. It was sick for three weeks
2The first case in the UK
This is the first ever case that has been reported in the UK where the three-year-old Shih Tzu living in Hertfordshire. The little dog was reported ill with the parasitic disease leishmaniasis
3Cannot be transmitted directly to humans
The disease leishmaniasis cannot be transmitted from dogs to humans directly but sandflies can transmit the infection by biting pets and then passing onto humans. The thing is that sand flies aren’t usually found in the United Kingdom but humans can get infected when in tropical regions. This can result in fever, swelling of the spleen and liver and oozing sores on the body.
The Shih Tzu that died was also examined at the Veterinary College in Hatfield, UK. The examination was led by Myles McKenna who is from the department of clinical science and services. According to Mckenna, this is the very first case of leishmaniasis in the UK notably in a dog with no history of travel out of the country. The case was also published in the BMJ journal pet record.
4Disease can increase
The report said that the contraction of the disease is likely to increase with more dogs and owner opting to travel including import of dogs into the country. It also said the leishmaniasis infected dogs pose an infection risk to dogs even in the absence of carriers or vectors as direct transmission of the disease from dog to dog is very possible. Although the disease is transmitted by sandflies, dogs too can transmit the disease by biting other dogs.