First UK Pet Succumbs To Tropical Disease and Vets Are Advising Measures as It Could Infect Humans
9Can be severe without treatment
While leishmaniasis can heal on its own without medication, it can last for several years and even cause scarring. Sores could also spread to other parts of the body especially the nose mouth and throat. If left untreated, it can have deadly implications but medication is available although no vaccine exists for the disease. It is best to avoid sand flies and use insect repellents or nets.
The fortunate thing concerning dogs is that there is a vaccine for canines including collars impregnated with insecticides and effective treatments that prevent sand flies from biting.
10Another case from Essex
After the Shih Tzu case, another was found near Essex where
11Mainly concerns pets travelling out of the country or rescue dogs from abroad
Daniella Dos Santos, junior vice president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), said: ‘The increase in cases of non-endemic diseases such as leishmaniasis is extremely concerning, ‘More than a quarter of vets surveyed by BVA last year mentioning [reported] seeing cases of this rare disease in practice. ‘Leishmaniasis is mainly associated with pets who have recently
12Vets are advising to adopt from UK rescue homes
Ms. Santo advised adopting dogs from rehoming charities rather than import dogs or rescuing them from other countries because it could be severe implications for pets in the UK. Leishmaniasis transmitting sand flies have been found in Greece, Italy, Spain