First UK Pet Succumbs To Tropical Disease and Vets Are Advising Measures as It Could Infect Humans
5What the doctors found
On examining the Shih Tzu, doctors found that he was lacking in all three types of red blood cells that transport oxygen in the body as well as white blood cells for immunity and platelets that help in clotting. The dog’s calcium blood level had also increased and there was an abnormal level of protein globulin that indicated liver disease. When the bone marrow and skin biopsy was done, it was found that the dog had died from L Infantum also known as leishmaniasis.
6What is leishmaniasis?
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection which mostly occurs in tropical and subtropical regions and southern Europe. The disease is contracted from the leishmaniasis parasite that is carried by 30 different species of sand flies. Common forms of leishmaniasis are cutaneous leishmaniasis that causes skin sores.
7How it can affect the human body
Visceral leishmaniasis affects the liver, spleen and bone marrow. Cutaneous symptoms first appear as bumps and then form into ulcer looking sores which can also be painless. The visceral form of the disease causes fever, weight loss
8Found in tropical regions
Leishmaniasis infections are primarily found in parts of Asia,