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Parvovirus cases on the rise in Washtenaw County

Dogs greet each after arriving.
Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for NPR
Dogs greet each after arriving.

A potentially fatal disease that affects dogs appears to be spreading in Washtenaw County.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley says they are seeing a 60% increase in parvovirus cases this year.

The disease normally affects puppies but can affect any dog.

It causes a variety of symptoms including vomiting, bloody diarrhea, loss of appetite, and fever.

Wendy Welch is spokesperson for the organization. She says it can be treated.

“But it needs to be treated immediately, otherwise you risk death, and unfortunately, we’ve seen that happen before, so please, please, please go to your veterinarian."

Welch says you should also keep your pet away from other dogs to prevent the disease from spreading.

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