• This email was just forwarded to me. Please pass this information along to everyone you know!!!!!

    With this lethal new Parvo circulating, you might want to avoid dog parks and other areas where dogs pass through. Please pass this on to your dog friends.

    Karen Jones
    Basenji Rescue of Southern California-Medfly Brigade
    this is chilling

    Subject: New Parvovirus Strain

    February 8th, 2008. THIS JUST IN! Thanks to Gretchen Schumacher we
    received this Itchmo.com report of an OSU news release: there's a new,
    highly lethal variant Parvovirus (CPV-2c) killing puppies in the US. It
    is NOT prevented by the old, original CPV vaccine that we all use to
    immunize our dogs. As yet there is no vaccine for this killer virus.
    Worse, it has been largely seen at midwest puppy mills (note the quote
    in the article below: "One breeder lost 600 puppies in a night.") and
    thus is likely spreading like wildfire through pet shop sales throughout
    the U.S. These sick puppies will be spreading CPV-2c in veterinary
    hospitals, parks and playgrounds, pet stores, grooming shops and
    elsewehere where dogs are taken. Their owners will likely be spreading
    the shed virus on the soles of their shoes, just as the original
    Parvovirus is spread. This new virus variant in the U.S. will impact
    negatively how all of us – breeders and owners alike -- will protect
    our puppies and train and socialize them.

    We'll report updates as they become available...

    OSU Laboratory Discovers New Canine Parvovirus Posted on Thursday,
    February 7th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Here is a press release from the Oklahoma State University Center for
    Veterinary Health Sciences:

    A team of Oklahoma State University (OSU) veterinarians, virologists and
    pathologists at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    (OADDL) recently published a paper in the Journal of Clinical
    Microbiology on their findings from a Canine parvovirus (CPV) study. Led
    by Dr. Sanjay Kapil, the group is the first to describe the CPV type 2c
    variant in the United States.

    "We were quite fortunate to discover this variant," explains Kapil. "It
    has been known for six years in Italy but nobody paid attention to it
    here until we found it last year."

    Shortly after Kapil joined the OSU Center for Veterinary Health
    Sciences, he received a case at the OADDL. The adult dog had been
    vaccinated multiple times and still became sick with Parvovirus.

    "This was very unusual and we were totally surprised that it was CPV
    type 2c, which had not been found in the U.S. until then," says Kapil.
    "What was so interesting was that after we described this disease, we
    ended up with samples from other locations here in the U.S."

    A patent has been filed on the characteristics of the U.S. CPV-2c. The
    team reports that 500 samples were submitted from locations in south
    California to south Florida. The published paper has been presented at
    national level meetings and internationally in Italy and Melbourne,
    Australia. However, their work is not done.

    "The team work was most important. Sometimes we received ten dead
    puppies a day. We are working with several veterinarians and are
    receiving samples from cases with a history of vaccine failure,"
    continues Kapil. "Diagnostic laboratories need to be involved to
    identify CPV-2c. The disease now exists in all countries except
    Australia because of its geographical isolation."

    According to Kapil, the disease presentation is different in that
    normally parvovirus does not affect adult dogs only puppies. However,
    since publishing their findings, the OADDL has received samples from
    adult dogs in Minnesota.

    "Veterinarians are confused because the in office diagnostic tests come
    up negative," explains Kapil. "Clinically it looks like parvovirus so
    they send it to us. The OADDL tests it and it is parvovirus. Now
    world-wide (except for Australia), this particular variant can attack
    the heart and intestines."

    He goes on to say that the mortality has been quite heavy. One breeder
    lost 600 puppies in one night. Without further testing, it is not known
    if the cause was simply this virus or if other factors were involved.

    "We will continue to study CPV-2c. Through collaborations with others we
    will search for more effective vaccines," he promises.

    Of 80 cases tested by the OADDL, 26 were from Oklahoma puppies/dogs. Of
    those 26, 15 tested positive for CPV-2c.

    (c)2008 Dr. R. J. Russell & the CTCA

  • Um…that is pretty scary!

  • scray, did you read the part about 600 puppied dying in 1 night, that is insane and very very sad! I think I'll keep my pups at home for a while 😉

  • Good thing it's cold here – I'll skip the dog park for awhile.

  • Please read this article. The "new strain" has been known for 8 years and is protected against by the current vaccines.


  • Thanks Lisa for posting that…I was wondering about this.

  • Well that's a lot more comforting. It figures something like this ends up being blown up….typical media crap. My big question when I first read the article was how someone had 600 puppies to lose in one night in the first place...

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