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Disease events (rabies, distemper, etc) #311627
03/25/14 02:05 PM
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Central Florida - Lepto case increase w/video of some sort
GAINESVILLE - In 8 years, one doctor we spoke to has only seen the disease 2 or 3 times.

But this season, he's treated a dozen dogs with it.

Dr. Carsten Bandt says leptospirosis isn't common to Florida, but an unusually wet season makes the perfect conditions for it.

Dogs usually get the disease from rodents and it can be fatal.

If caught early though, it can be treated.

Dr. Carsten Bandt, chief, Emergency Service at UF's small animal hospital: "most of the cases will have signs of acute kidney injury and they will get polyuric which means they start drinking a lot and start urinating a lot and eventually they will stop urinating and go into acute kidney disease."

The disease can also be spread to humans and there are around 200 cases in the U.S. in humans each year.

Oak Ridge, TN - distemper at shelter
Officials with the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter were forced to close the shelter last Thursday due to a canine distemper outbreak. Since then, the staff has had to euthanize 30 dogs and clean every surface — inside and outside — at the shelter with a bleach solution

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Carson City, NV - rabies exposure
Authorities have found nine of the 10 puppies in a litter affected by rabies in Carson City, and at least 25 people faced potential exposure to the disease.

One of the puppies tested positive for rabies, according to Carson City Health and Human Services. That agency, in cooperation with other agencies, is looking for the 10th puppy and awaits tests being conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The litter originated in the Minden/Gardnerville area, and the dog that tested positive is described as a boxer mix born in November.

Dogs in the litter were sold or given away, according to a news release, and because there is a “lack of verified information as to where the origin of the rabies exposure occurred, CCHHS took precautionary measures by alerting the families that owned the litter mates of their risk of rabies exposure.”

Initially, two people were thought to have been exposed to the disease. Taylor Radtke, CCHHS public-information officer, said that number had grown to 25.

It is the first rabies case in the state in decades, according to CCHHS, which has cautioned that rabies is a life-threatening ailment and that people exposed should get post-exposure treatment.

CCHHS staffers urged anyone with information about the 10th puppy to contact the agency at 775-887-2190. The agency says one puppy and an unvaccinated cat were exposed to the litter. Both were tested, and neither has the disease.

CCHHS authorities are working with the CDC, Nevada’s Department of Agriculture, Douglas County Animal Services and Nevada’s Division of Public and Behavioral Health Office of Epidemiology on the probe.

Rock Hill, SC puppy with rabies

ROCK HILL — Ten people will need treatment after one person was bitten and nine others were potentially exposed to rabies by a puppy that tested positive for the disease in Rock Hill, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday afternoon.

"About 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures coming from bites or scratches by a rabid or suspected rabid animal," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well."

Ferguson said state law requires pet owners to have their pets regularly vaccinated against the disease. Pets can be vaccinated as early as 12 weeks old.

Officials didn't release specific details about the York County case.

There were 123 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2013 in South Carolina. There have been 11 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year. The puppy is the first animal to test positive in 2014 from York County.

"If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water," Ferguson said. "Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC."

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Rare but too scary not to add! Northern NY rabid Bobcat attack-
PUTNAM, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a bobcat that pounced onto a 49-year-old woman at the door to her Adirondack home has tested positive for rabies.

Cindy Bowman said that the attack occurred last Thursday as she was letting her dog into her home in the Washington County town of Putnam, located between the northern end of Lake George and the Vermont border.

Bowman says the bobcat latched onto her face and bit or scratched her head, shoulder, arms and thigh. The bobcat then went after her daughter's boyfriend, who shot and killed the animal.

The bobcat later tested positive for rabies. Bowman and the boyfriend are undergoing a series of shots for the disease.

State environmental conservation officials say bobcat attacks on humans are extremely rare.

New Haven, VT - puppy with rabies

"She was spunky and she was adorable and just full of it. And the cat wasn't really impressed with her, but they were making friends," Julie Tillson said.

Tillson and her family adopted Scarlet the pup as a 9-week-old to fill the hole in their heart left by the death of their previous dog, Buck.

"Bought toys for her, took the old dog's bed right over-- she fit right in," Tillson said.

But last Friday, the cute mutt they picked up at a New York shelter fell ill. Tillson took her to the vet day after day after day.

"Seemed to be worse, was constantly scratching herself, couldn't get comfortable, she was going around in circles," Tillson said.

Scarlet grew sicker and sicker until Monday, when Tillson made the painful decision to put her down. The pup bit Tillson the day before, so the law required an autopsy afterward to check for rabies.

"I said that's a good idea, never in a million years, ever expecting it to come back positive," Tillson said.

Vermont state health spokespeople say this is the first case of rabies in a domestic dog since 1994.

"So, this is very, very rare. Although we do have the rabies virus here, it mostly afflicts wild animals," said Megan Stearns, the director of communications for the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

Scarlet was too young to receive a rabies vaccine, but experts say those considering adoption should ask about the animal's medical history and how it got to the shelter.

"They should ask the adoptive agency what measures they've taken to evaluate the overall health of the animal," Stearns said.

It's unclear where Scarlet picked up the neurological disease, but the upstate New York shelter initially gave Tillson paperwork indicating the dog had received the rabies vaccination. They called her within hours of the adoption to say they'd provided paperwork for a different dog.

Now, Tillson, her family, her friends, and every animal that came in contact with the pup is receiving medical attention, as well.

Rabies treatment for those exposed involves multiple shots over a 14-day period. Tillson say all of those getting care do have health insurance, but it's not clear how much if any of the treatment will be covered.

Re: Disease events (rabies, distemper, etc) [Re: JeanKBBMMMAAN] #311650
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Re: lepto. I would always want to know which strains are being found, and whether the dogs contracting it had been vaccinated.

The assumption is always that dogs getting the disease weren't vaccinated, which is not the case with lepto.

Rabies however, yes. The vaccine is very good at providing protection, provided it's given soon enough before exposure.

Poor animals, terrible diseases.

There is definitely risk out there frown

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Re: Disease events (rabies, distemper, etc) [Re: MaxaLisa] #311667
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In our area, we had a lepto case about four years ago. Poor dog had lapped up water from a puddle likely contaminated with rat urine. She didn't make it frown . Rats are abundant, sigh. In cities, trash areas often look like rat restaurants with a large amount of readily available food.

Last year there were two bobcat attacks in Central MA as well, both were found to be rabid:
One had a face full of porcupine quills, so it's hunting may have been impaired by the rabies already:

Scary. But still rare, thankfully.

PS I am so grateful that the post exposure vax for rabies is not anymore the ordeal it used to be.

Last edited by shepnterrier; 03/25/14 08:48 PM. Reason: Added PS

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