Parvovirus Infection Spread Among Chennai Dogs

Friday, July 23, 2021

/ by mansuralisaha

The News Cover: In Chennai, Tamil Nadu, several dogs were suffering from fatigue, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Upon testing them doctors found that the dogs tested positive for the Parvovirus. This is a virus that only affects dogs and is extremely contagious. In the last 3-4 weeks many dogs have gotten infected. Some have even died because of the virus. 

In May-June, there were around 130 cases of infection among dogs every day but now in July, the contagious virus is infecting 250 a day. The virus is very contagious. The virus spreads when a dog comes into contact with a dog's infected vomit, feces, etc. The infection can also spread when an infected dog socializes with other dogs. When infected fecal matter or vomit gets mixed with the soil, the virus can stay alive for up to a year. Dog owners must be careful when they take their dogs for a walk. There is a vaccine to protect dogs Parvovirus. 

It is given when the dog is 6 weeks old booster vaccines are given 3 times in 3-week intervals. However, the Parvovirus infection is rising among dogs because many people have delayed vaccination due to the lockdown. People who have pet dogs must get them vaccinated. As there is a huge risk of infection during dog walks. However, infection occurs even after vaccination but it is low in intensity. Also, Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary will conduct free vaccination for dogs from 21 July for 5 days. So do take your dogs for the vaccination.


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