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New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs

Discussion in 'Doberman Health and News Articles' started by strykerdobe, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Blame it on Rescue Groups Bringing in Dogs from other Countries!!
    Putting our pets at risk!


    New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs

    By Scott Weese on Feb 27, 2019 07:01 am

    Here’s a report from Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center, describing importation of a canine distemper strain that’s not been found before in North America. 02/05/2019: (N. America) In early October of 2017, a 12-week old “Sheltie” arrived from Korea. Approximately 12 days later, the dog began with a cough and lethargy with blood work...… Continue Reading


    New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs
    By Scott Weese on February 27, 2019 Posted in Dogs, Other diseases, Vaccination

    Here’s a report from Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center, describing importation of a canine distemper strain that’s not been found before in North America.


    02/05/2019: (N. America) In early October of 2017, a 12-week old “Sheltie” arrived from Korea. Approximately 12 days later, the dog began with a cough and lethargy with blood work indicating “anemia”. About 10 days later, the dog developed a unilateral myoclonus with relapsing lethargy. In another week the neurological signs had progressed to tonic clonic seizures that continued to worsen to a persistent uncontrolled myoclonus at which time the dog was euthanized.

    Samples (serum, ocular swab, urine) obtained at 9 days post onset of clinical signs were forwarded to the AHDC for canine influenza virus serology and canine distemper virus RT-PCR testing. The HI serology test indicated no exposure to H3N2 CIV which is the endemic strain of flu A in Korea. However, the RT-PCR tests on the ocular swab and urine were strong positive for canine distemper virus. Attempts were made to isolate the virus from the samples submitted for PCR, but with no success. Our next effort was to try to obtain sequence for virus directly from the nucleic acid used for the RT-PCR assay. This was successful for the F and H genes of CDV. Phylogenetic analyses of the sequences against various clades of CDV, indicated the imported dog was infected with the Asia-1 strain of CDV. We have no information on the existence of this clade of CDV in North America.

    While we have been most concerned with the importation of canine influenza virus from Asia to North America by improper procedures by various “rescue” groups, the importation of CDV may be more significant in that CDV once it enters an ecosystem cannot be eradicated even with effective vaccines. Once again the North American dog population is being put at risk by those who have no regard for the importation of foreign animal diseases.
     
    • Wow x 1
  2. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    This is terrifying..
     
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  3. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Don't get me wrong. We volunteer for a Doberman Rescue. But these rescues that are bringing in pets from some of these other countries? They need to be quarantine.
     
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  4. AxelRose

    AxelRose Well-Known Member

    Terrible. I just don’t get rescue from other countries. We have so many dogs here needing homes. And even if some groups do quarantine, there are so many individuals who bring in one or two dogs. Are they quarantined? And what are they carriers of? Just my opinion.
     

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