Isolation order on Sunny Heights day care centre lifted

Healthcare worker Nicole Choo playing with her golden retriever Max at the pool in Sunny Heights on Aug 4, 2016, after the isolation order was partially lifted.
Healthcare worker Nicole Choo playing with her golden retriever Max at the pool in Sunny Heights on Aug 4, 2016, after the isolation order was partially lifted.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has fully lifted the isolation order on Sunny Heights Day Care Centre.

There have been no new confirmed cases of leptospirosis in dogs associated with the Centre since July.

The isolation order was issued on July 13 after an increase of leptospirosis cases linked to the centre.

The order prohibited any dog from entering or leaving the premises without AVA's authorisation.

It was partially lifted on Aug 3, which allowed Sunny Heights to accept new dogs, which were kept at designated areas to ensure that they will not come into contact with existing resident dogs.

 

Since then, Sunny Heights has put in place measures to prevent disease transmission. These include a rodent control programme, treating all dogs with antibiotics and requiring all incoming dogs to have current vaccinations.

It has also cleaned and disinfected the swimming pool, and stepped up their daily sanitation and cleaning regimen.

Staff there are now trained to closely monitor the dogs for any clinical signs of disease or abnormalities.

Latest test results did not detect the leptospire bacteria in any of the resident and boarding dogs.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can affect both animals and humans. Signs of leptospirosis in dogs include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, jaundice and failure to produce urine.