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Another “highly contagious” respiratory bug hits Jersey

Another “highly contagious” respiratory bug hits Jersey

Wednesday 18 August 2021

Another “highly contagious” respiratory bug hits Jersey

As covid cases in Jersey appear to be coming down, a new “highly contagious” respiratory bug has hit the island… and dogs are now being asked to self-isolate if they have symptoms.

New Era Veterinary Hospital issued an urgent warning this afternoon about the as yet unidentified illness, which has left pooches with symptoms including coughing, sneezing, reverse sneezing and runny noses.

“It is highly contagious, if you suspect your dog has this then PLEASE keep them isolated from other dogs (don't walk them outside the house unless you have no garden), quiet and rested,” the practice warned on Facebook.

Owners of dogs who are ‘direct contacts’ of other infected pups have also been urged to “do the responsible thing and do not attend any training classes.” 

Anyone wanting an appointment has been told to notify vets in advance and keep their dog in the car park so that they can see the dog outside “to prevent passing this on to other patients.”

The exact cause of the symptoms is not yet clear, with New Era responding to questions: “There are a range of Canine respiratory bugs, the most common causes of the clinical signs are bordetella bronchiseptica and Canine parainfluenza.

“It’s not currently clear which bug is responsible for this outbreak.”

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