Going to the dogs

By Nell Boyce in Atlanta A FATAL tropical disease has infected large numbers of foxhounds in the US. Public health officials fear that humans may contract the disease if the dogs come into contact with sandflies, which transmit the parasite that causes leishmaniasis. Late last year, the Millbrook Hunt Club in New York State realised that many of its foxhounds were sick and dying. The dogs were losing their hair, they had skin lesions, swollen limbs and joints, and were wasting away. When vets analysed fluid from the joints of one dog they found the leishmaniasis parasite. This disease,
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