Alappuzha: Health experts have raised an alarm over skin virus infections among stray dogs in Alappuzha, citing potential risks of transmission to humans. Officials note that the rise in skin diseases can be attributed to the lack of hygiene and immunity among roaming dogs.
The transmission of the virus occurs when groups of stray dogs interact and engage in biting each other. Such stray dogs commonly exhibit considerable itchiness, leading to the shedding of body hair and the development of redness and thickening in the affected areas. Veterinary professionals commonly identify this condition as dermatomycosis.
Health authorities emphasise that the increasing prevalence of these skin infections in stray dogs poses a direct risk to human health if left unchecked. Immediate measures are necessary to prevent the swift transmission of the virus to humans.
The nuisance of stray dogs has intensified in various parts of Alappuzha, particularly in Cherthala city, where the muttum market has witnessed a surge in both dog-related issues and diseases. Local residents are expressing growing concerns over the potential health hazards posed by the infected stray dogs.
In response to the escalating situation, several youth organisations have come forward, urging the municipal council to take prompt and effective action to curb the rising menace of stray dogs and the associated health risks.