Two dog disease outbreaks warned by US most populous county

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) – The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has urged dog owners to report cases of canine flu and leptospirosis, which have been on the rise since August.

The recent increase in such cases “is not normal,” Dr Karen Ehnert, director of veterinary public health for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said on Friday, as quoted by local news channel KTLA 5. .

“I have been in the county for 21 years,” she said. “This is the first time that we have had such large epidemics.”

More than 200 cases of canine flu and 119 cases of leptospirosis have been reported this month, according to the report, adding that this is more than double the figures for both in August, when the authority initially warned against The epidemics.

The outbreaks, the largest outbreak of canine flu or CIV H3N2 reported in the most populous county in the United States, began in mid-July, the authority said, adding that they were introduced into the county by dogs from other places.

Canine flu is like dog flu and can only be transmitted between dogs, while leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is transmitted through urine and can be passed to humans.

Both diseases can cause mild to severe illness in dogs and can even lead to death.

In a statement released by the authority on Wednesday, authorities advised dog owners to be careful before bringing dogs to a dog park or groomer without being vaccinated, and to keep them at home if they are. have symptoms such as vomiting or low energy.

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