Bacterial disease outbreak threatens metro Detroit animals
Published: Oct. 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. — More than 20 cases of the life-threatening bacterial infection leptospirosis have been reported in Detroit-area dogs in the past three weeks, according to Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.
Experts at the MSU center, a service unit of the College of Veterinary Medicine, diagnosed the specific strain of the disease, which can cause fatal damage to dogs and can be transmitted to humans.
In most cases, the dogs were not vaccinated against leptospirosis, or they had an uncertain vaccination history. Because this particular type of leptospirosis is associated with contact with rats, stray dogs are typically thought to be at highest risk. Continue reading Leptospirosis outbreak in Detroit, MI
Referred to as canine malaria due to its symptoms, Leptospirosis is a deadly viral which causes almost immediate renal failure. Prognosis for dogs contracting the serovars without prompt diagnosis and medical treatment within the first 12 to 24 hours is unfortunately terminal.