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6 dogs dead, canine virus blamed

WWMT- According to our sister station, a new deadly dog virus is showing up in Michigan.

It's already killed six dogs in Ann Arbor, and is spreading quickly.

Vets say the virus has never been seen before, and there is no name for it yet.

The virus acts fast and can kill a dog less than a day after symptoms start showing up.

Vets say the dogs usually experience flu-like symptoms, and are recommending owners wash their hands regularly and minimize close facial contact with their pets.

From the Associated Press: Researchers at Michigan State University say two cases of a newly identified dog virus have shown up in Michigan.

The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health says it found canine circovirus in samples from two dogs submitted by veterinary clinics.

But acting director Thomas Mullaney says both animals were infected with other organisms, so it's uncertain whether the virus caused their sicknesses.

Veterinarians at a clinic in Ann Arbor say they've treated a number of dogs that died after exhibiting symptoms of the virus, including vomiting and diarrhea. But the university center says the reports are no cause for panic. It says veterinarians should look for circovirus in animals only after ruling out more common causes of the same symptoms.


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