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WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE L.A. COUNTY LEPTOSPIROSIS OUTBREAK?
Highly Magnified image of Leptospira spirochetes. (Photocredit: CDC Public Health Image Library)
Happily, it appears to be winding down. Unhappily, it is still going on. As you can see on the graph below, "Lepto" was pretty much a rarity until July of 2021 when the outbreak began.
Leptospirosis is transmitted where dogs are in contact with urine from infected dogs. This outbreak appears to have centered around Day Care, Boarding, and similar kennel situations. The American Animal Hospital Association has not considered this vaccine to be "core" for dogs (meaning every dog should get it) and as a result most local dogs have not been vaccinated.
Is your dog vaccinated? Text us (310-391-6741) and we can tell you. Vaccination is a series of two shots 3-4 weeks apart. Because the leptospirosis organism is bacterial (and not viral), it is very large with many relevant proteins included in the vaccine. This lends itself to more potential for vaccination reaction especially is small dogs. This problem can be mitigated with pre-treatment medication and/or not giving other vaccines concurrently.
Leptopspirosis can be contagious to humans though, so far, there have been no human cases associated with this particular outbreak.
WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE L.A. COUNTY CANINE INFLUENZA (H3N2) OUTBREAK?
Data has been analyzed going up to December 2021 and this outbreak does not seem to be winding down much. A total of 939 confirmed cases have been reported with 13 deaths. Most dogs are exposed where groups of dogs congregate (parks, boarding kennels and day care, grooming parlors etc.) but some patients have had no such exposure and were exposed on regular neighborhood walks.
(Photocredit: L.A. County Public Health Website)
If your dog has ANY exposure to other dogs, please consider vaccination.
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