Epidemiology and cause of Alabama Rot project

First some definitions. Epidemiology is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health”.  It is also the study of the causation of epidemic diseases according to Wikipedia. And CRGV is the scientific name for Alabama Rot.

This week the Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) have reported funding an Alabama Rot / CRGV Epidemiology project by Dr Kim Stevens:

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Newcastle-upon-Tyne & Cumbria: dog dies of suspected Alabama Rot.

I received this very sad news (via our AlabamaRot forum) of a vet suspected Alabama Rot case in August 2017. The dog ‘Harris’, a three-year-old Hungarian Wirehaired Visla, was walked in Newcastle-upon-Tyne & Cumbria areas up to a month before the lesions were spotted. The 7 areas have been added to the ‘All Alabama Rot cases’ map. Kevin Day posted the sad news about Harris on his Facebook page.

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Bournemouth Marathon – Raising money for Alabama Rot Research

Aaron is running in the Bournemouth marathon for ARRF because Catherine Moss & Aaron want to raise money for Alabama rot research.

Catherine Moss said:

“After losing our beloved dog Maggie to Alabama rot on 10th February 2017 [see Confirmed cases map] we want to try to help raise awareness and funds for more research into this awful disease so that hopefully very soon a cause, then cure might be found. If we reach the target Aaron will run it in fancy dress.”

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Alabama Rot May 2017 Reading Conference

The Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy focus meeting group, aka the Alabama Rot Conference, was held in the Trophy Room at the Madejski Stadium in Reading on Tuesday, May 10th 2017.

Chris Street from AlabamaRot.co.uk attended the conference.

The agenda included an update on the current situation, ongoing and future research, sample collection and storage, data capture and fundraising.

Speakers included David Kavanagh, Professor of Complement Therapeutics, Newcastle University. He spoke about ‘Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome – experience from the National Renal Complement Therapeutic Centre.’

Dr Tristan Cogan, Senior Lecturer in Infectious Disease at the University of Bristol spoke about ‘Spatial distribution of bacteria in tissues of CRGV cases’.

Amanda Boag, clinical director of Vets Now attended the conference:

“attendees put their heads together to consider an action plan for the disease. A huge amount of research is also being carried out into its causes. Scientists are looking for infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses and fungi as well as toxins in dogs affected. At the moment there is no vaccine for Alabama rot as the cause has not been established. Once this is the case it’s hoped a vaccine could be developed.” Vets-Now

David Walker of Anderson Moores, who organised the conference, said:

“The conference was very positive, with everyone contributing greatly to the discussion, and we look forward to continuing to work with our fellow professionals to research this condition. We’ve already started the process of setting up a steering committee, to help focus the enormous experience and knowledge from the 30 specialists who gave up their time for free to attend. Among the items we discussed was the sharing of data from similar human health issues to identify any possible connections.” Express

David Walker continued:

“Early evidence had suggested a possible environmental link to dogs being walked in muddy woodland areas, but human and veterinary experts are now looking for clues at a cellular level. Evidence does, however, suggest a seasonal factor may be at play. Mr Walker said 90% of confirmed CRGV cases occurred between the colder months of November to May, with February and March being the peak UK CRGV months. The key to cracking the mystery of CRGV was a collaboration between the human medicine and veterinary medicine disciplines, and that is why the focus group had been created. Collaboration is key. Setting up links with universities across the UK and links with specialists from the human fields will really help push things forward.  There’s been a huge amount of work done in separate little projects to this point, but now it’s more about a targeted approach.” Veterinary Times

Vet Record

Veterinary Record (behind paywall) Vol 180, Issue 20

 

Alabama Rot confirmed in Radcliffe (Greater Manchester), West Chiltington (West Sussex), North Chailey (East Sussex) and Cullompton (Devon).

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialist yesterday advised that:

“Unfortunately, we have to confirm another four cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (often termed CRGV or Alabama Rot). The cases* are from Radcliffe (Greater Manchester), West Chiltington (West Sussex), North Chailey (East Sussex) and Cullompton (Devon).

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 102 since 2012 with 19 in 2017. Most confirmed cases have been seen between October and April so the hope would be that confirmed case numbers will now reduce. We would, however, continue to advise owners to be vigilant and to seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions/sores.”

* AlabamaRot.co.uk list these cases and all others on our Alabama Rot Confirmed and All cases maps. As we get further information about the walks taken by these dogs and other information, we will update the maps.

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Google Trends – Alabama Rot

Awareness about Alabama Rot has peaked since David Walker of Anderson Moores went on Breakfast TV on 10th May to discuss the disease. The last maximum peak was in January 2014 when signs about Alabama Rot were placed in New Forest car parks.

Google Trend – Alabama Rot – Last 5 years


Interest over time

Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart. A value of 100 is the peak popularity of the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. Likewise, a score of 0 means the term was less than 1% as popular as the peak.

Anderson Moores thank AlabamaRot.co.uk – Reading May 10th Conference

I attended the Reading Alabama Rot conference on Wednesday 10th May 2017. The conference was organised by David Walker and Laura Holm from Anderson Moores. There were 30 attendees and Bayer kindly paid travel expenses.

Today I received a very nice email from Anderson Moores:

Subject: RE: May 10th Conference

Dear Chris

David and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for attending the meeting yesterday.

Your input was very valuable and we really appreciate you making time to be there. Thank you also for taking time to look into and print off the case distributions by month / season.

Thank you so much again,

With kindest regards,

Laura and David

Laura Holm BVM&S CertSAM MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

David Walker BVetMed (Hons) DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS,
American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Information about the Reading conference will be posted online soon.

Chris Street BSc MSc

AlabamaRot.co.uk

Bransgore, Dorset