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Vets confirm first Alabama rot case in East Anglia
‘Although an environmental trigger is suspected as a factor in this disease, it is important to point out that this has not been confirmed.’
Disease proves fatal for recently-holidayed dog in Manningtree 

Vets have confirmed a fatal case of Alabama rot in a dog in Manningtree. It is the first time the disease has been detected in East Anglia.

The dog was taken to the Brantham branch of Highcroft Veterinary Practice. Vets noted that the dog had recently holidayed in an area where previous Alabama rot cases have been confirmed.

In a Facebook post, the practice said: ‘Whilst the cause of this condition remains unknown and thus the incubation period… no one can know whether the condition was contracted locally or whilst the dog was on holiday.

‘Although an environmental trigger is suspected as a factor in this disease, it is important to point out that this has not been confirmed.’

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists said the case in Manningtree, along with a recent case in Devon, brings the total number of confirmed cases to 188 since 2012. There have been 13 cases so far this year.

Dogs affected by the disease usually have skin lesions on the lower limbs or mouth/tongue, before developing kidney failure. It is thought the disease is picked up on the paws and legs on muddy walks. 

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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RCVS names Professor John Innes as chair of Fellowship Board

Professor John Innes has been elected chair of the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Board, replacing Professor Nick Bacon who comes to the end of his three-year term.

Professor Innes will be responsible for making sure the Fellowship progresses towards fulfilling its strategic goals, determining its ongoing strategy and objectives, and reporting to the RCVS Advancement of the Professions Committee on developments within the Fellowship.