Potentially deadly dog virus closes shelter

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — An outbreak of parvovirus has closed one of Manatee County's animal shelters.

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said Wednesday that the shelter's closure is an infection control measure.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness in dogs.

Officials say at least two dogs have contracted parvovirus at the shelter. It's unclear how long the shelter will be closed.

The Bradenton Herald (http://bit.ly/1cpQuZE) reports that Adoptable animals are no longer co-mingled with others at the shelter, to render infection control easier.

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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com

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