Deadly Virus Attacking Dogs

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  A heads-up to pet owners: a deadly dog virus has been detected in Metro Detroit, and it’s one that it could catch from you.

WXYZ reports that there’s not actually a name for the illness yet. Veterinarians say that symptoms are flu-like and include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and even bloody diarrhea. So far, six dogs Ann Arbor have died within 24 hours of coming down with the illness.

The virus is similar to the Circovirus that started getting dogs sick in California and Ohio last year. It’s unclear exactly how this new virus is transmitted, but it appears that dogs who are sick also have owners that are sick.

“Traditionally we don’t pass viruses to our pets,” Dr. Lindsay Ruland of the Emergency Veterinary Hospital told WXYZ. “This year, I think that there is potential that we are passing it to our pets.”

So far, no humans have died from the illness. However, to prevent the spreading of germs, doctors are recommending people wash their hands and use hand sanitizer on a frequent basis.

Right now, it’s unknown if the virus can spread to other pets. So far, it’s only been reported in dogs.

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5 comments

  • Patra

    What a horrible sight seiing these poor pit bulls living in horrible conditions and on huge chains. I thought this kind of treatment of dogs was now illegal in Michigan. People ar so ignorant and cruel.

  • Barb

    Thank you for the info on the Deadly Virus …. but I am very upset on the video of dogs you chose to place with the story. Using that video from a previous story was very tacky and "lazy" …… just saying.

  • Sara

    I cannot belie you would use images like these for this article. These owners on iouslu are not taking proper care of there dogs. There was a puppy in one clip who had chains attached to her that were bigger than she was! If you know who these people are, you really should do something about this. I’ve seen segments you guys do with the Humane Society and I wonder what they would think about it. It is truely upsetting to know that you’ve seen these dogs I these conditions and still put them on the news… These dogs need help from more than just this virus.

  • Scherzerfan

    I absolutely agree with these comments. Your story is about dogs catching a virus from humans. I think the story would be much more effective if you used a dog picture in happy, health conditons (just as they deserve) instead of implying only dogs in poor conditions are subject to getting sick.

  • Concerned

    Wow way to promote animal abuse Fox 17, so after you filmed this poor dog chained up in backyard you went home guilt free because you got your story and that's all that matters right? FOX 17 = SHIT HEADS!