Thursday, February 2

Unidentified illness killing dogs in Northern Michigan

An unidentified virus has been sickening and killing dozens of dogs in northern Michigan over the past month.

Similar to canine parvovirus in symptoms, the illness first appeared in Otsego County in Northern Michigan but has spread even further north, animal experts in the state say.

Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease of dogs that causes acute gastrointestinal illness in puppies, according to the Baker Institute for Animal Health. The disease, often fatal, most often strikes in pups between six and 20 weeks old, but older animals are sometimes also affected.

“The state is in a panic right now,” Clare County Animal Control Director Rudi Hicks told the Clare County Cleaver.

The new unidentified virus is suspected to have come from Louisiana and kills infected dogs within days of having symptoms, Hicks told the outlet.

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