There is a map towards the bottom of this page - you can enter your postcode and it gives the number of cases within a 20 mile radius http://www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/ It shows 23 cases within 20 miles of us - 3 pretty close. We have not altered our walking habits and I don't wash off mud. One of the reasons I don't is because I feel its more likely you will cause an abrasion to the skin allowing any bacteria from the mud to enter so I prefer to let the dogs dry off naturally in the car (on some vet bed) although mine are rarely proper filthy as we can stick to forest tracks. https://www.vets4pets.com/thevetreport/files/assets/basic-html/page-34.html# Alabama Rot : Diagnosis and prevention What does CRGV look like? The first sign that is normally seen is a skin sore not caused by any known injury. Most commonly, these sores are found below the elbow or knee and appear as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or are open and ulcer-like. Within approximately two to seven days, the affected dogs develop outward signs of sudden kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced hunger, and an unusual tiredness. Skin sores and sudden kidney failure are not unique to this disease alone, and are actually more likely to be caused by some other disease. Your vet will run a number of tests to determine the underlying cause. How would my vet diagnose CRGV? Your vet will first need to examine your dog’s general health. Keeping detailed records of what signs of illness your dog exhibited and when those signs were discovered will help your vet to narrow the possible causes. Next, your vet will want to examine any skin sores to try and determine how they could have been caused. Your vet may then run one or more blood and urine tests to evaluate kidney function. These may need to be repeated over several days to establish whether there are any trends that would indicate a deterioration in function. How can I prevent my dog from becoming affected? As the cause of CRGV is still unknown, there is no known way to prevent your dog from contracting the disease. Unlike the Alabama Rot that presented in US Greyhounds, the disease in the UK does not seem to target any specific breed, age, sex or weight of dog. Although there have been cases of closely associated dogs becoming affected, it is not yet known whether the disease was passed between them or whether the dogs simply became affected at the same time due to their common lifestyles and local environments. It does appear there is some seasonal fluctuation to the disease, with the majority of cases appearing between November and June. So far there have been no identified cases of a human contracting the disease from their dog.