Ten more cases of Alabama Rot

Anderson Moores report yesterday:

“Unfortunately, we have to confirm a further ten cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (often termed CRGV or Alabama Rot). The cases were from Chippenham (Wiltshire), Taunton (Somerset), Westhoughton (G.Manchester), Chulmleigh (Devon), Lydney (Gloucestershire), Tonypandy (Rhondda Cynon Taf), Longhope (Gloucestershire), Salford (G.Manchester), South Molton (Devon) and Brecon (Powys).”

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 132 since 2012, with 12 cases in 2018. We continue to advise owners to be vigilant and to seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions/sores.

For help recognising some of the signs and to see a map of confirmed cases please visit www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/”

2 Replies to “Ten more cases of Alabama Rot”

  1. As a scientist, you’re not allowed to be “baffled” until you’ve tried everything, and AM on their own admission have not. Stop being baffles, AM and investigate. Problems I as an unknowing layman see with your AM’s bacterial theories:
    1) There are so few occurrences, it is hard to see the pattern of a bacterial outbreak, and I’m not sure bacteria can do synchronised adaptation in so many places at once.
    2) Lesions and kidney symptoms do not appear with any predictable and reliable sequence.
    3) Lesions confined to certain lower areas of the body, with little else in common apart from their proximity to the floor.
    To me, this suggests a contaminant. Some of the dogs rolled in it, some drank it and/or inhaled it. The only ubiquitous contaminant I know that could be responsible is radioactive particles – hot particles, even from Fukushima and other nuclear sources – daily radioactive emissions up the power plant chimneys, nuclear decommissioning, depleted uranium firing ranges (Lulworth) and last but not least – Fukushima, which is still leaking massively 7 years on. Oh – and two clouds of iodine-131 from Flamanville and other accidents last year. I would post links, but you can Google all this. Still waiting for the vets to tell us what measures they took to check for radioactive particle contamination (not radiation levels – that is different – cells tend to cope with that), because these are classic symptoms of radiation *poisoning*. Could be wrong, but till it’s investigated thoroughly how would anyone know?

    1. There will be a number of factors –
      Two dogs in the same place -only one gets it.
      Why is it not being reported on the continent?
      Are they not identifying it as the same thing and yet it is there? Or is it absent?
      Have all dogs affected had treatment recently that could have weakened their immune system?
      Are there genetic factors?

      Environmental factors have been seen as likely to enhance the risk: increase in rainfall combined with favourable temperature for the potential overgrowth of some bacteria.
      Again, not all dogs will fall foul of it even if exposed.
      As to the risk from nuclear fallout – I think we would see this in other species too even if you were to seriously consider this ‘theory’.
      The entry into the body from this pathogen, whatever it may be seems to be either orally or in the places where animals get grazed by prickly foliage-thereby creating a means to enter the bloodstream directly. But why not the wildlife? So one is forced to suspect a secondary factor- condition of immune system.

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