Michigan Officials Puzzled by Mysterious Deaths of Dogs


By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2022 (HealthDay Information) — Well being authorities are investigating a parvovirus-like sickness that has killed greater than 30 canine in northern Michigan, most inside three days.

The canine died in Otsego County after exhibiting signs resembling vomiting and bloody stool, indicators of canine parvovirus, however checks had been destructive for the virus, in keeping with a Fb posting by the Otsego County Animal Shelter. Parvovirus in canine is extremely contagious and assaults the gastrointestinal tract, with unvaccinated canine and puppies youthful than 4 months outdated at highest danger.

The illness was first seen in Europe round 1976 however turned much less frequent after a vaccine was developed. It could unfold by direct dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces or environments.

The primary circumstances within the Otsego County Animal Shelter had been seen earlier this month. Shelter director Melissa FitzGerald advised NBC Information that greater than 30 canine have had signs and all died from the sickness. Many of the canine died inside three days, and most had been beneath the age of two.

The sickness would not have an effect on some breeds over others, and comparable circumstances have additionally been reported in northern and central Michigan.

“Nobody has a solution. The perfect ‘guess’ is that it is a pressure of parvo,” FitzGerald wrote on the shelter’s Fb web page.

The Michigan Division of Agriculture and Rural Improvement, animal management companies, the Michigan Affiliation of Animal Management Officers, veterinarians and the U.S. Division of Agriculture all have begun investigations into these animal deaths, NBC Information reported.

Extra data

Go to American Kennel Membership for extra on parvovirus in canine.

WebMD Information from HealthDay

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