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Vomiting dog epidemic caused by canine variant of coronavirus


Vets reported an increasing number of dogs becoming violently ill with severe vomiting between December 2019 and March 2020. Researchers studying the outbreak now believe it was caused by an animal coronavirus, which humans cannot catch.

The team of scientists led by the universities of Liverpool, Lancaster, Manchester and Bristol handed out 1,258 questionnaires to vets and owners and obtained 95 clinical samples from 71 animals.

From their results, the scientists have identified the outbreak as most likely a variant of canine enteric coronavirus (CeCoV) which cannot be contracted by humans and is not the same as SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19 in people.

Questionnaires revealed most of the dogs were up to date on their jabs and deworming and their main symptoms were a loss of appetite and vomiting.

The research showed that male dogs were more at risk than females and less than one percent of dogs died after contracting the virus. On average, the dogs recovered in less than a week.

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“Being able to rapidly detect increased incidence, without triggering a false alarm from a natural random variation, is the key problem here.

“Early detection is crucial to early treatment and enhanced monitoring.

“The SAVSNet Agile project aims to feed information back to local veterinary practices so they can be alert to any new outbreaks.”

Charlotte Appleton, SAVSNet Agile PhD Student, also said: “Obtaining such important results at an early stage of my PhD is a wonderful achievement and will hopefully provide a pathway of higher visibility into the health of domestic animals.”


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