Nigerian Veterinary Journal

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Clinical manifestations of canine distemper in Nigerian dogs infected with local isolate of canine distemper virus

M. C. O Ezeibe


Twenty dogs of local breeds found in Nigeria, experimentally infected with local isolate of canine distemper virus, manifested fever, conjunctivitis, photophobia salivation, anorexia, dermatitis, and diarrhoea. Apart from these clinical signs already described for the disease in other breeds of dogs,45% of the dogs showed enlargement of peripheral lymph nodes ( especially the prescapular lymph node). Significance of this new clinical sign of canine distemper in the clinical diagnosis of the disease has been discussed.

Key Words: Clinical signs, canine distemper

(Nigerian Veterinary Journal: 2003 24(1): 44-47)
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