Further findings of the mystery illness – which has a mortality rate of around 80% – take the UK total to 122 since first being detected in 2012.

Veterinary experts have confirmed 10 further cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), commonly termed Alabama rot.

CRGV was found in:

  • Sacriston, County Durham
  • Guiseley, West Yorkshire
  • Bury, Greater Manchester
  • Bolton, Greater Manchester
  • Leek, Staffordshire
  • Petworth, West Sussex
  • Brighton, East Sussex
  • West Coker, Somerset
  • Bishop’s Tawton, Devon
  • Presteigne, Powys

Symptoms

The findings brings the total number of UK confirmed CRGV cases to 122 since 2012, with 37 cases in 2017 and the first 2 in 2018.

Symptoms include skin ulcers, followed by kidney failure within 3 to 10 days. CRGV can affect any dog of any breed, age or size.

Seasonal link

A CRGV seasonal link is suspected, with more cases reported between November and March – and especially in dogs walked in muddy woodland areas or terrain with running or standing water.

Confirmation of the cases came from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists based in Hampshire.

Vigilance

A spokesman from Anderson Moores said: “We continue to advise owners to be vigilant and seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions/sores.”

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