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Woman recalls first symptoms after catching incurable dog disease spreading in the UK

Summary

Wendy Hayes, 61, caught Brucella canis, an incurable bacterial infection, from a Belarusian rescue dog she was fostering, leading to the heartbreaking decision to put all five of her pet dogs to sleep. The infection is spreading within the UK for the first time ever, with 91 cases known so far. Wendy's infection caused her to suffer from a high temperature, chills, shivers, bad shakes, severe headaches, severe backache and low blood pressure. She is now calling for a ban on imported pets and testing for zoonotic diseases.

Q&As

What is Brucella canis?
Brucella canis is an incurable bacterial infection that leads to infertility in dogs.

How many human cases of Brucella canis have been reported?
Three human cases of Brucella canis have been reported.

What happened to Wendy Hayes when she was diagnosed?
When Wendy Hayes was diagnosed, she had to make the heartbreaking decision to put all five of her pet dogs to sleep. She also suffered from a high temperature, chills, shivers, bad shakes, severe headaches, severe backache and low blood pressure.

What is the risk of humans catching Brucella canis?
The risk of humans catching Brucella canis is considered very low.

What is Wendy Hayes calling for in order to prevent the spread of the disease?
Wendy Hayes is calling for a ban on imported pets and for testing for zoonotic diseases at the UK border.

AI Comments

👍 Wendy's bravery and strength is admirable in the face of such a heartbreaking situation. It's great to see the UK Health Security Agency taking charge and closely monitoring the situation to help keep people safe.

👎 It's concerning that such a serious disease is spreading so rapidly, and it seems like more should be done to prevent it from spreading further. It's heartbreaking that Wendy had to put down all five of her pet dogs in order to stay safe.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about a woman named Wendy Hayes who became the first case of a human catching a dog disease called Brucella canis. She had to put down all five of her pet dogs after most of them tested positive for the disease. It's now spreading in the UK and it's believed to have come from dogs imported from countries like Eastern Europe.

Friend: That's really sad that she had to put down all of her dogs. It's concerning that this disease is spreading in the UK, too. What kind of implications could this have?

Me: Well, the article mentions that the UK Health Security Agency has confirmed the spread of the disease and that scientists are considering implementing a screening process at the UK border to stop infected animals from entering. So it could mean that more stringent measures will be taken to prevent the spread of this disease in the future. It could also mean that people who work in the animal industry, like vets and dog breeders, will have to be more careful when handling animals, as they are at a higher risk of contracting the disease.

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Technical terms

Brucella canis
A bacterial infection that leads to infertility in dogs.
HAIRS
Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance, a cross-government group.
Zoonotic diseases
Diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.
Rabies
A viral disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals.
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