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Outbreak of deadly virus plagues Greymouth dogs

Posted by te2ataria on October 13, 2016

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Deadly, extremely contagious parvovirus plaguing dogs in NZ

Unvaccinated dogs in the Greymouth area have been hit hard by the spread of deadly parvovirus, since late September, said Megan Hero, a veterinarian at West Coast Vets.

There have also been cases in Hokitika, but the exposure in Greymouth has been greater, said Hero.

“Currently we’ve had about eight cases confirmed, with another two to three suspected at the moment. Sadly, many of the cases have been so severe that they’ve needed to be euthanised to prevent further suffering,” she said.

“Until very recently we’ve been fortunate not to see as much parvovirus on the Coast as other places in New Zealand. Unfortunately, an infection broke out among multiple young dogs recently, who in turn visited many other unvaccinated dogs.”

Canine Parvovirus
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk. The virus affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces (stool), environments, or people. The virus can also contaminate kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs. It is resistant to heat, cold, humidity, and drying, and can survive in the environment for long periods of time. Even trace amounts of feces from an infected dog may harbor the virus and infect other dogs that come into the infected environment. The virus is readily transmitted from place to place on the hair or feet of dogs or via contaminated cages, shoes, or other objects.

Signs of parvovirus
Some of the signs of parvovirus include lethargy; loss of appetite; abdominal pain and bloating; fever or low body temperature (hypothermia); vomiting; and severe, often bloody, diarrhea. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration, and damage to the intestines and immune system can cause septic shock.

Death from parvovirus 
Most deaths from parvovirus occur within 48 to 72 hours following the onset of clinical signs. If your puppy or dog shows any of these signs, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/canine-parvovirus.aspx

A Queenstown resident with measles is being treated in isolation, the Southern District Health Board says.

The patient who is infectious had visited several locations in Queenstown including a restaurant and a hair salon before they realised they were infected.

The infected individual had already visited Queenstown Medical Centre while they were ill. https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/measles-alert-queenstown

Deadly Road Crashes: Only one fatality reported so far today, despite scores of serious crashes on our Death Roads

Fatal crash in Pongakawa, Bay of Plenty [of Deaths]
One person was killed in a crash on State Highway 2 at Pongakawa this morning and another person has been taken to hospsital for observation [and two others were injured.]  The crash happened at approximately 10.35am and involved two trucks. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-pongakawa-crash

Other crashes in the first half of the day in Western Bay alone included:

Woman seriously injured in three-vehicle crash in Papamoa

Three-car crash Moffat Rd, Bethlehem

Car crashes into building in Tauranga

One dead in Bay of Plenty truck crash

Truck and car crash by Bayfair

Welcome Bay crash

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