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Highly virulent or new strain of Parvo in Kent Co.
August 22, 2008 - 6:06PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A highly virulent or new strain of
Parvo has been suspected as the cause of death for at least three adult
canines in Kent County, according to officials at the Humane Society of Kent
County.

"The number of local Parvo cases is disturbingly high," says Dr. Wendy
Swift, Veterinary Medical Director at the Humane Society of Kent
County. "The virus is spread through fecal contamination, and it has been
extremely fatal in puppies as well as in both vaccinated and unvaccinated
adult dogs."

The Humane Society of Kent County is currently taking precautionary measures
including a deep clean of the shelter, vaccinating all dogs/puppies
appropriately upon intake and performing diagnostic tests with a veterinary
pharmaceutical company.

Symptoms for Parvo may include lethargy, bloody vomit and diarrhea. The
Humane Society of Kent County is encouraging pet owners to contact their
veterinarians to see if their dog's previous vaccinations provide protection
against this current outbreak of Parvo. If you suspect your dog has
contracted the Parvo virus, contact your veterinarian immediately and keep
your dog confined, away from other dogs.

To ensure the health and safety of the animals in the shelter the Humane
Society of Kent County will remain closed Friday, August 22. The shelter
will re-open to the public on Saturday, August 23 from 11 am to 4 pm for
adoptions only.

Animal admitting will re-open on Monday, August 25 for normal hours - 12:00
pm to 4 pm. However, all animal admitting will be by appointment only for
the week of August 25 through August 31 for precautionary measures. To make
an appointment individuals are asked to call the Humane Society of Kent
County at (616) 453-8900 ext. 217.
 

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No need to panic:

Pet Connection Blog - New Parvo Strain (dated February 8)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi.../a/200.../19/petscol.DTL (dated February 18)

FWIW, one reason "fully vaccinated" dogs get parvo is that the maternal antibodies (which prevent the vaccine from being effective) for the disease can be present in the pup for up to 22 weeks - long after the usual "puppy series" schedule is completed, leaving the pup unprotected until it's next booster.
 
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