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Fewer dogs in Brazil may be euthanized unnecessarily after researchers showed that a new test is 95 percent accurate in identifying the deadly disease Leishmaniasis.
The research is published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
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Dogs are regularly put down when they are believed to be harboring the parasite which causes the illness and death in humans.
Globally over 350 million people are at risk of infection with an estimated 300,000 cases annually, and approximately 3,500 deaths each year in Brazil alone. Although therapeutic drugs are available there is no vaccine.
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Dogs harbor the parasite which can be transmitted to humans after sand flies bite the animals, so any infected dog is put down.
Lancaster University Ph.D. student Monica Staniek witnessed this first hand in Brazil when she met pet owners who had brought in dogs suspected of infection.
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"One lady was really upset and in the corridor crying and it was very upsetting. Some people even hide their dogs."
Now a team led by Professor Gordon Hamilton of Lancaster University working with...
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