Mystery dog ​​illness sweeping Britain is believed to be coronavirus, experts say


Pet dogs have become seriously ill with illness and diarrhea after going for walks with cases first reported in Yorkshire and later spreading inland; now believed to be caused by coronavirus

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Mysterious canine disease spreads through Yorkshire

Dogs have been hit by a wave of disease in England and experts think they now know why.

Leading experts on infectious diseases among dogs believe the coronavirus could be behind the sudden wave of infections among dogs.

Puppies have become seriously ill after going for walks with cases reported first on the Yorkshire coast and then spreading inland to areas such as Leeds and Kirklees, reports Yorkshire Live.

Professor Alan Radford, a veterinary health informatics expert at the University of Liverpool, has been investigating the abnormally high rate of illness and diarrhea that occurs in dogs.

He has been working as part of a team of specialists led by the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) that revealed new data that could identify a possible cause of the growing number of sick pets.

Their research suggests that levels of the disease have been higher than expected for three weeks in Yorkshire, which has experienced an official “outbreak”.

Nicola Jane, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, said her six-month-old Lurcher became very unwell a few hours after walking the canal.
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15-month-old puppy Vader fell seriously ill after walk in Leeds
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Professor Radford said: “In other regions, the increases we’ve seen so far look more like normal seasonal variation.

“However, such signs can change quickly and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

The expert revealed that one of the main candidates for infection may be the canine enteric coronavirus (CEC), but that investigations are still ongoing.

Despite the name, CEC is not related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, and does not pose a risk to owners or family members who may come into contact with infected dogs.

Dogs have become seriously ill after going for walks and cases were first reported on the Yorkshire coast.
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Coronaviruses belong to a specific type of virus that might not share any other similarities other than being part of the same extended family.

CEC has been around much longer than Covid-19 and has historically only produced a relatively mild illness in dogs, despite affecting several thousand a year worldwide.

SAVSNET project coordinator Bethaney Brant also commented on the research, saying that although the cause of the virus is unknown, “it is likely to be infectious.”

Cases have also been reported in Leeds and Kirklees.
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“Therefore, it makes sense for owners and veterinarians to handle suspected cases carefully and limit contact between affected and unaffected dogs,” he added.

“Fortunately, affected dogs usually make a full recovery with proper care and there is no known risk to people. Owners of suspected cases should contact their veterinary practice for advice.”

Dogs showing symptoms of illness and diarrhea will usually see the illness resolve on its own, but pet owners are advised to seek the guidance of a veterinarian if the condition persists.

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