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At least 40 dogs in Norway have fallen ill — and dozens have died — from an unexplained disease that has ravaged the country in recent days.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has found that 25 dogs have died from the illness as of Sunday, which has caused vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Agency spokesman Ole-Herman Tronerud told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that the disease is “very serious,” but that it cannnot be confirmed whether it is a string of isolated incidents or an epidemic.
A majority of cases were reported in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo, but dogs in the major cities Bergen and Trondheim were also afflicted.
Two types of bacteria were identified by the Norwegian Veterinary Institute in autopsies, but it is unclear if they are to blame for the outbreak.
“To have healthy and great Norwegian dogs die so quickly is naturally serious,” said Jorun Jaarp, Norwegian Veterinary Institute’s emergency and safety director. “It’s a very special situation I haven’t been involved in before.”
A dog in neighboring Sweden was also hospitalized after visiting Trondheim for a dog show, reported Swedish newspaper GT, per the BBC.
Dog owners are advised by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to keep their dogs away from other canines, according to the BBC.
Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote
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