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Marana officials warn of Parvo outbreak

Marana officials warn of Parvo outbreak
Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 18:25:55-05

Officials from Marana Parks and Recreation are warning the public of an outbreak of Parvo. 

Parks and Recreation officials say area veterinarians are reporting an increase of the virus and have diagnosed about 20 cases in the last month.

Officials urge the public to take precautionary measures while at dog parks and in public areas by picking up after pets to help prevent the disease from spreading. 

One veterinary clinic said that an infected dog had been to the dog park at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park.

Marana Parks and Recreation have sanitized all public dog parks with bleach. Bleach is the only known substance that kills the virus according to a release from the Town of Marana.

"Sharing dog bowls and toys are not a likely source of contamination, but cannot be excluded, and Marana Parks and Recreation have removed bowls and toys from dog parks as an additional precautionary measure."  -Town of Marana

The Twin Peaks Veterinary Center posted the following on their Facebook page.

Canine pravovirus is spread through fecal matter and oral contamination. Some symptoms are vomiting, bloody diarrhea and loss of appetite.

If you think your dog may have the virus contact your veterinarian immediately. 

Wiping down toys and soles of shoes with bleach wipes is also recommended.