Experimental coonhound paralysis: Animal model of Guillain-Barre syndrome

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Coonhound paralysis (CHP), a polyradiculoneuritis of dogs that resembles the human Guillain-Barre syndrome, was experimentally reproduced by inoculating a dog with raccoon saliva. The test animal was a coonhound that had previously sustained two naturally occurring attacks of CHP. Success in inducing the disease strengthened the notion that raccoon saliva contains the etiologic factor for CHP and that only specifically susceptible dogs are at risk of developing CHP when exposed to this factor.

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