Another case of the life-threatening dog disease known as Alabama Rot has been confirmed in the UK.
Pet owners are being encouraged to check their dog regularly for skin lesions - a common symptom of the disease which can prove fatal.
The total number of infections has now risen to 12 in 2020 - including one death in Manchester.
Alabama Rot, a rare condition that can be contracted during muddy walks, was first found in the UK in 2012.
Cases have fluctuated year on year - peaking at 52 in 2018.
There have now been more than 200 confirmed infections in the past eight years.
David Walker, the UK’s leading expert on the disease, stated: “We are sad to announce more cases from this year, as we are now in the time of year when cases are most common.
“Further confirmed cases mean it is understandably very worrying for dog owners; however, this disease is still very rare, so we’re advising dog owners to remain calm but vigilant, and seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions.
“While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, any concerned dog owners should visit www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/ for advice and a map of confirmed cases.”