Botanist investigates plants that could trigger CRGV

Could a woodland plant trigger Alabama Rot / CRGV? A botanist from the Natural History Museum investigates.

David Walker of Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists said: “a botanist from the Natural History Museum is investigating a woodland to see if there are any plants that might be the trigger for this disease process”. New Forest – Pathogen Killing Dogs on Thursday, 7 May 2015

Later David said: “the botanist could not find any plants that might trigger the disease process. Ideally not just one but at least ten woodlands should be checked for plants.” – Personal visit to Anderson Moores, 20 May 2015

"plants are an unlikely trigger for CRGV" May 2015, Senior Curator Herbology, Natural History Museum.
“plants are an unlikely trigger for CRGV” May 2015, Senior Curator Herbology, Natural History Museum.

2 Replies to “Botanist investigates plants that could trigger CRGV”

  1. Note the coincident rise in E.coli 055 in Dorset causing HUS (11children). This strain is difficult to test and labs are having to send stool samples to Colindale if HUS is clinically suspected.

    1. Hi Mark,
      thanks. I note http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-32905817
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2853304/Mystery-source-E-coli-outbreak-two-young-children-intensive-care-restaurant-ate-cleared-blame.html

      “Faecal culture, performed in seven dogs, yielded E. coli. PCRs for E. coli virulence genes (eaeA, stx 1 and 2, LT1 and ST1 and 2) were negative in all seven, providing no evidence for infection with enteropathogenic E. coli, verotoxigenic E. coli or enterotoxigenic E. coli.”
      and
      “PCR for verotoxin 1 and 2, performed on the kidneys from four dogs, gave negative results.”

      and
      “MILFORD, D. V., TAYLOR, C. M., GUTTRIDGE, B., HALL, S. M., ROWE, B. & KLEANTHOUS, H. (1990) Haemolytic uraemic syndromes in the British Isles 1985–8: association with Verocytotoxin producing Escherichia coli. Part 1: clinical and epidemiological aspects. Archives of Disease in Childhood 65, 716–721”

      Reference: http://alabamarot.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Veterinary-Record-2015-Holm-vr.102892.pdf

      Interesting.

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