Canine Leishmaniasis Update
Canine Leishmaniasis is an insect‑transmitted disease. Both humans and dogs can be infected, leading to potentially fatal disease in both. Overall two percent of foxhounds in the United States are currently infected, but some hunts have had close to 40 percent infected dogs. Current diagnostic tests for this disease do not always detect infected dogs even up to two years after infection. Owners and breeders of foxhounds will benefit from the research currently being conducted by Dr. Christy Petersen at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Research is underway to produce a new diagnostic test to determine the presence of Leishmaniasis in foxhounds. The new diagnostic tool will improve the accuracy of hounds infected, allowing earty detection, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.