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Dozens of dogs in Norway have been hit by a mysterious illness, raising concerns among owners who have been told to limit contact between canines.
Some 200 dogs have displayed the same symptoms - bloody diarrhoea and vomit as well as intense fatigue - in recent weeks.
Pooches - Norway - Veterinary - Institute - Monday
Around 25 of the sick pooches have died so far, Norway's Veterinary Institute said on Monday.
The number is an estimate, as the Scandinavian country does not have a national register.
Veterinary - Institute - Spokesman - Asle - Haukaas
Veterinary Institute spokesman Asle Haukaas said: 'This doesn't necessarily mean that it's the same illness, as there are lots of illnesses that can lead to these kinds of symptoms in dogs.'
Autopsies on 10 dogs revealed in each case a severe intestinal infection and five of them had 'abnormally elevated levels' of two bacteria, Clostridium perfringens and Providencia alcalifaciens.
Illness - Oslo - Cases - Cities - Bergen
The illness has been observed mostly in greater Oslo but there have been a few cases in the cities of Bergen and Trondheim.
Health authorities have urged owners to keep their dogs on a lead and to limit contacts between them.
Owners - Pets - Areas - Number - Dog
Many owners have stopped taking their pets to public areas and a number of dog shows and gatherings have been cancelled.
Several theories have...
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