2017 UK’s worst year for Alabama Rot

by Ellen Hardy
06 February 2018, at 2:55pm

Vets have confirmed that 2017 was officially the UK’s worst year for cases of the deadly dog disease Alabama Rot, after the number of confirmed cases almost doubled compared to 2016. Eight new cases from December, and two in January 2018, have just been confirmed by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. There have now been 122 cases in the UK since the disease was first detected in 2012.

The 10 new cases are in Sacriston (County Durham), Guiseley (West Yorkshire), Bury and Bolton (Greater Manchester), Leek (Staffordshire), Petworth (West Sussex), Brighton (East Sussex), West Coker (Somerset), Bishop’s Tawton (Devon), and in Presteigne in Powys, which is a new county to have a case of Alabama Rot confirmed.

While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, any concerned dog owners should visit for advice and a map of confirmed cases.