Looking for healthy dogs and dogs with neurologic conditions
The Clinical Pathology Service is recruiting healthy dogs and dogs with neurologic conditions to screen for Powassan Virus. This virus, related to West Nile Virus, causes sporadic disease in people. This is mainly due to inflammation of the brain following a bite by an infected tick. A closely related European virus, Tick-Borne Encephalitis virus, causes a similar disease in both dogs and humans. However, it is currently not known if Powassan poses a risk to North American dogs. Blood collected for routine testing from healthy dogs will be used to search for this virus. Spinal fluid collected for testing in dogs with neurologic conditions may also be used to isolate the Powassan virus.