The reason behind why 42 dogs died last fall is still a mystery

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Researchers still don’t know the reason why 42 dogs died, and at least 200 became ill, from bloody diarrhea last fall. Now the research is intensified.

Now the NMBU Veterinary College has set aside funds for a doctoral position to find answers. The project Acute Hemorrhagic Diarrhea Syndrome in dogs will take three years, writes Aftenposten.

In 19 of the 25 dogs that were autopsied, the bacterium Providencia alcalifaciens was found. Researchers are now investigating whether the bacterium may be the cause of, or contributing to, the deaths of dogs.

Subject manager Hannah Joan Jørgensen at the Veterinary Institute says it is still not certain that the researchers will find out where the bacteria from the outbreak came from.

– “But we think that in the long term we will be able to say something about how and under what conditions it may cause intestinal damage in dogs,” says Jørgensen.

– “Hopefully we will also be able to say something about what are the most important sources of the bacterium, where it is and how it lives normally,” she says.

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