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MSD celebrates the day to fight against leishmaniosis through animal health awareness



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June 1 is observed as the day to fight against leishmaniosis. Like every year, MSD Animal Health will conduct an awareness campaign for a whole week. This year, in addition, MSD Animal Health will donate Scalibor® collars to the Bichos Raros Protective Association

Leishmaniosis: a disease that requires special attention

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by protozoa leishmania spp. (mostly l baby) and is spread by the bite of an insect called sand fly. It is a zoonotic disease that affects millions of animals and people. Leishmaniosis is one of the most important diseases worldwide. WHO estimates that between 700,000 and 1,000,000 new cases occur in people each year, although only about 200,000 are documented (WHO, 2023).

Leishmaniosis is endemic in Spain, and due to the general rise in temperature, sand flies can be found, transmitters of leishmaniathroughout the year and in areas where they previously did not exist.

There are various reservoirs for the protozoa that cause leishmaniosis in Spain, such as rabbits, rodents and other wildlife. However, due to the high prevalence of the disease in this species as well as its proximity to humans, the most relevant reservoir in Spain is the dog. In some areas of southern Spain, the seroprevalence of canine leishmaniasis can reach almost 60% (Galvez and others., 2020). Millions of dogs are infected in Europe l baby,

Leishmaniasis Awareness

To mark the day of fight against leishmaniosis, MSD Animal Health will undertake various awareness activities through various channels, discussing the disease and the most effective prevention methods.

Scalibor® collar is the only repellent that has demonstrated repellent efficacy against sandflies of up to 98% for 12 months (Evans) and others., 2022). Therefore, using a repellent such as Scalibor® not only protects healthy dogs from sandfly bites, but also if your dog is positive for leishmaniaBy preventing the sand fly from biting you, you are also preventing the sand fly from becoming infected and potentially transmitting the parasite to other dogs.

Donation of Scalibor® Necklace

Bichos Raros Protective Association is dedicated to rescuing and sheltering abandoned animals, with an emphasis on those with special needs.

As part of the Fight Against Leishmaniosis Day actions, MSD Animal Health will donate Scalibor® collars to help protect the health of dogs in federal care as well as prevent the spread of leishmaniasis, leishmaniasis .

MSD renews its commitment to animal health care

For more than a century, Merck has been the world leader in human and animal health. MSD Animal Health (the animal health arm of MSD) invests a large amount of resources in research and development, as well as in awareness and prevention actions, such as the Day to Fight Against Leishmaniosis. Thanks to this, MSD Animal Health can offer a broad portfolio of medicinal and biological products, solutions and health management services to veterinarians, producers and pet owners in more than 50 countries around the world. This June 1st, Day of the Fight Against Leishmaniasis, MSD Animal Health reaffirms its commitment to science of healthy animals® (The Science of Healthy Animals®).

In case of doubt it will be necessary to consult a veterinarian.

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