This post reports the closure of AlabamaRot.co.uk maps and donations. So now, Vets4Pets will host the confirmed Alabama Rot map and the Alabama Rot Research Fund will collect donations.
AlabamaRot.co.uk maps and donations
I founded AlabamaRot.co.uk five years ago, soon after the first case of Alabama Rot in November 2012. Because I lived close to the New Forest I was concerned that I would inadvertently walk my dog in an area with a recently reported Alabama Rot case.
Hence I set up two maps: the Confirmed Cases and later the All Cases (confirmed, unconfirmed and suspected) Alabama Rot maps (viewed 80,000 and 480,000 times respectively). All the ‘confirmed’ & ‘unconfirmed’ cases data was supplied by Anderson Moores Vet Specialists (AMVS). ‘Suspected cases’ by vets didn’t have kidney samples for confirmation of Alabama Rot.
Confirmed Alabama Rot cases map
Recently, Vets4Pets have produced a map of confirmed Alabama Rot cases. This duplicates the information in the alabamarot.co.uk confirmed cases map. At a 5th October 2017 meeting with AMVS and the Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF), it was agreed that both the alabamarot.co.uk maps would be retired.
Vets who strongly suspect a case of Alabama Rot, but have not supplied kidney tissue samples for confirmation of Alabama Rot, can discuss symptoms with AMVS. In future, the Vets4Pets map may include these ‘strongly suspected’ cases.
Alabama Rot Research Fund Donations
The ARRF charity was set up by the owner of ‘Lulu’. She contracted Alabama Rot and survived (after Plasma Exchange Treatment).
Donations to ARRF have ‘Gift Aid’ added so a £100 donation becomes a £125 donation.
I’d like to thank the 40 donors to alabamarot.co.uk who have donated £800 since January 2016 towards 2012-2017 mapping and website hosting.
Chris Street BSc MSc