http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/early/2015/03/13/vr.102892.abstract (abstract, leading to full report)
http://www.andersonmoores.com/vet/news (includes link to pdf info sheet for owners)
The British Medical Journal has recently reported that at least 30 dogs in England have died from Alabama rot, which causes skin lesions and kidney failure (25% death rate):
In all cases skin lesions form on the body. Within one to nine days of the skin lesions appearing, renal shut down follows, ultimately leading to death due to renal failure.
Worryingly, no cause is currently known. Alabama rot is known by vets as “cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV)”. It was first identified in the USA in the 1980s, and was at first wrongly thought to only affect greyhounds. Cases in the UK date from November 2012 (71 between November 2012 and March 2014). When no cause is known, no fix can be provided.
--------- Alex Kemp