Killer sandflies

Around 110,000 dogs are infected with Leishmania in Portugal, according to study by the National Leishmaniasis Observatory.

A spokesman for the observatory says it is vital to assess the situation in the country in order to develop ways of preventing and diagnosing the disease.

Canine Leishmania is a common disease in Portugal that is spread by the bite of infected sand flies.

The animal’s condition often deteriorates to the point that euthanasia is the advisable option. The disease is transmittable to humans but is curable.

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