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We’ve brought you information and updates on Alabama Rot since the first Vet Report in 2014. This year has seen two significant landmarks about the disease in the UK - the 100th confirmed case and the first conference to discuss and escalate research into the condition. Alabama Rot is the commonly used name for idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) and was first recognised in the UK in 2012. Since the first case in the New Forest, the disease has spread to 29 counties across England, Scotland and Wales, and has also reached the Republic of Ireland. Led by David Walker, the UK’s leading expert on the condition, and his colleague Laura Holm, the first Alabama Rot conference was attended by a variety of leading clinicians, academics, microbiologists, epidemiologists and human medical experts. Following the conference a steering committee was formed to help focus the enormous experience and knowledge, and to pursue funding and research. This committee is co-ordinating efforts and, thanks to funding from New Forest Dog Owners Group (NFDOG) and Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF), has already commissioned an epidemiology project that will be performed by Kimene Analytics. The research aims to identify possible risk factors for CRGV including age, breed and sex, the seasonality and geographical distribution of the disease, and develop a new questionnaire that will allow improved data collection. Thankfully Alabama Rot is still very rare, but if a dog becomes affected, the best chance of recovery lies with early and intensive veterinary care, which has resulted in some dogs successfully recovering from the condition. Any dog owners who are worried that their pet might have Alabama Rot should contact their veterinary practice immediately. For more information including what signs to look out for, visit: vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot . ALABAMA ROT UPDATE 33 The Vet Report 2017

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