Disease Found to Be Spreading from Dogs to Humans

While the 2024 presidential election remains over a year away in calendar length and lightyears distant in political terms, Major media outlets and political parties have worked tirelessly to make it a central issue for citizens this fall. With the second GOP presidential debate scheduled for September 27th, the former President Donald Trump remains the Republican frontrunner for the nomination and maintains a massive 40-point lead in most polls over the nearest second place challenger, Ron DeSantis. On the Democratic side, President Joe Biden enjoys majority support among potential Democratic voters and faces only paltry forms of opposition from Robert F Kennedy. Kennedy, who has tried to present himself as a “blue dog” Democrat, has been more favorably viewed by Republican leaning voters than by those in his own party, proving the increasingly leftward and progressive tilt of the Democratic machine. Despite strong numbers internally, Biden remains vulnerable, and a majority of Americans disapprove of his performance as president.

Putting the president aside, since the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, it appears that in America ordinary life has irrevocably changed. The pandemic claimed the lives of over 1 million people within the union. But while the virus is not as prevalent as it was initially, another infectious disease may be a cause for alarm across the pond in the United Kingdom.

On September 19th, an article in Newsweek reported that a disease commonly found in canines has been discovered present in two persons in Britain. The disease, known as Brucellosis, had been found in many dogs imported to the country, but since 2020 it had spread to dogs domesticated within the U.K.. The disease is spread between dogs through social and sexual activities. Unfortunately, the only way to control the spread of the bacteria that causes it is to euthanize dogs that have it. If a decision to euthanize is not made, neutering and antimicrobial treatment is a less successful option.