ST. GEORGE – At least 13 cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can infect humans, have been confirmed in dogs in St. Petersburg. George, officials said.
The disease can cause kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory distress and death. , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ten of the confirmed cases are in dog patients at Red Hills Animal Hospital and the other three are in other veterinary facilities, according to a news release from the animal hospital. 19659002] The outbreak was likely brought to southern Utah by an infected dog who was staying at Red Rock Pet Resort a few weeks ago, Dr. Scott Hanig, a veterinarian with Red Hills Animal Hospital, was released.
While originally sick. not recognizing the dog, the Han authorized the disease may have originated in Phoenix, Arizona, having experienced a recent outbreak of leptospirosis.
"Bacteria can live for months under the right conditions and are highly contagious to both dogs and humans," Hanig said in the release.
Sometimes it is not uncommon for boarding or dog-day facilities that they encounter infected dogs, as dogs can spread the disease for months and do not show any clinical symptoms, Hanig notes in exit.
"This can happen at any pet facility where dogs are near," a Facebook post from the pet read.
At this point, about half of the hospitalized dogs and all dogs responded well to the treatment, Hanig said.
Blood and urine tests were used to diagnose cases of the disease, a release stated.
To prevent the disease and keep it from spreading, veterinarians at the veterinarian recommend all dogs to be vaccinated against leptospirosis, available Tuesday at Red Hills Animal Hospital.
"The vaccine has been proven to protect dogs against most forms of Leptospirosis
and critical in controlling the disease, "the release said.
Animal hospital staff quarantined the sick animals from others to prevent infection with other dogs, including separately areas of diagnosis.
In addition, staff and doctors "also follow strict guidelines to protect themselves from infection," the release said.
The infection is more prevalent in through the urine of infected dogs since leptospirosis accumulated in blood and kidneys, according to an associate veterinarian in the Red Hills.
"Other dogs, and humans can be infected through breaks in skin and mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose) from playing in shared pools, or around urine from an infected dog, "the veterinary associate said in a news release. 1
The hospital received more than 300 phone calls about the disease and in an effort to educate the community more, is scheduled for a specialist to be presented with the disease on September 18.
"Now that this disease is in our area, it will take a concerted effort from all those involved in animal care to prevent it from spreading and causing a future
proliferation, "Hanig said in the release.