Unidentified illness killing dogs in Northern Michigan

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An unidentified virus has sickened and killed dozens of dogs in northern Michigan in the past month.

Similar to canine parvovirus in symptoms, the disease first appeared in northern Michigan’s Otsego County, but has spread further north, state animal experts say.

Parvo is a highly contagious canine viral disease that causes acute gastrointestinal illness in puppies, according to the Baker Institute for Animal Health. The disease, which is often fatal, usually strikes puppies between 6 and 20 weeks of age, but sometimes older animals are also affected.

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

The new unidentified virus is believed to have originated in Louisiana. It kills dogs within days of symptoms, Hicks told the outlet.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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