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Norwegian Study Investigates Tularemia in Dogs

11 May 2015

NORWAY - The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is conducting a study to investigate the prevalence of tularemia in Norwegian dogs.

Tularemia is a disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, which occurs primarily in wild animals, particularly hares, lemming and rodents.

However, it can also infect humans, although it can be treated with antibiotics.

Dogs and other predators have traditionally been seen as resistant to the bacteria, but results from a pilot study conducted at the National Veterinary Institute in 2012-2013 indicate that dogs can become ill from F. tularensis.

"This Is new and interesting knowledge that we want to investigate," said Anne Nordstoga, researcher and project manager at the Institute.

Many dogs have close contact with hare, lemming and other rodents hunting and whenever they are in the mountains.

It also happens that they catch and eat lemmings and thus exposed to the bacterium. Symptoms in dogs with tularemia are high fever, vomiting, poor appetite, abdominal pain and breathing problems.

The researchers are looking for dogs with symptoms of the disease to help them with their investigation.

The study aims to examine the incidence and test different methods for detection of tularemia in dogs.

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