Canine circovirus: Experts are saying that a somewhat new canine virus, that goes by the name Canine circovirus, has arrived in Michigan. The canine circovirus was first spotted back in 2012 in San Diego. Following that apperance, a localized outbreak was recently reported in areas of Ohio.
According to a report from Detroit News today, two cases of canine circovirus have been confirmed in Michigan.
“Although the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association has not yet released an official statement to confirm the presence of Circovirus in Michigan, at EVH we have seen at least four dogs in the past few months that we suspect passed away from this condition,” said Dr. Lindsay Ruland, owner and chief of medicine at Emergency Veterinary Hospital of Ann Arbor.
The recent reports of the canine circovirus have struck fear in the hearts of dog lovers, and understandably so. Although the canine circovirus has claimed the lives of no more than four dogs, veterinarians and biologists are working tirelessly to understand if the disease is curable and, above all, containable.
There is currently no cause for alarm, experts of the Ohio Department of Agriculture have pointed out to the press, but the sudden and sometimes mysterious disease has certainly surprised doctors and owners. Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy.
Veterinarians are aware that, although there is no specific treatment, drugs are an effective containment of the symptoms if they are administered in the early stages of infection. In addition, the canine circovirus is not harmful to humans.