THE first case of the deadly dog disease Alabama Rot has been confirmed in Herefordshire.

Three new cases of the disease have recently been confirmed by veterinary specialist referral centre Anderson Moores, including one case in Hereford.

It brings the total number of cases so far this year to 15, with the other two latest cases located in Lower Kingswood in Surrey and Hawling, near Cheltenham

In total, the UK has now seen 219 confirmed cases of Alabama Rot across 45 counties, since 2012.

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David Walker, an Alabama Rot expert from Anderson Moores, said: “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.”

Dr Huw Stacey, clinical services director at Vets4Pets, has been supporting research on the condition for several years and is advising dog owners to contact their vet if they have concerns.

He said: “While it is understandable that dog owners will be worried by Alabama Rot, it is still a very rare disease and we’d encourage owners to continue exercising their pet.

“If a dog becomes affected, the best chance of recovery lies with early and intensive veterinary care at a specialist facility such as Anderson Moores.”

Anyone concerned should visit for advice and further information, including a map of confirmed cases.