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A circovirus is suspected...
Source: http://www.ohio.com/news/still-no-definitive-answers-for-dog-killing-illness-theory-points-to-new-virus-1.426574

"...The Beacon Journal has heard from dozens of people who suspect their pets might have contracted the illness, or recovered or died from it, before or since an article appeared Saturday.

Calls and emails have come in from worried pet owners living in a dozen states from the East Coast to the Great Plains who say their animals are displaying similar symptoms to the Ohio dogs.

Three dogs in the Cincinnati area died and a dozen more were sickened last month with the illness. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea and vomiting, extreme lethargy, neurological problems, a lack of appetite and other maladies.

“There are countless causes of vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, even bloody diarrhea,” Butera said.

But the illness she has seen in the past few weeks is markedly different, she said.

“What made these cases unique is what the pathologist terms ‘acute necrotizing vasculitis.’ This is when the blood vessels become suddenly damaged and fluid begins leaking out of the vessels,’’ Butera said. ‘‘Because of this, the cases I know of did not just have vomiting and bloody diarrhea, they also developed fluid around their lungs and in the abdomen.”

As the damage to the vessels continued, she saw hemorrhages, physiological shock and blood clots being thrown into tissues, once with fatal results, she said.

Butera’s patients shared some or all of the symptoms as the Cincinnati dogs. Three of her canine patients survived after treatment; one died, she said.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture connected the cases when Butera contacted state officials after seeing two dogs with the same symptoms come into her clinic at the same time two weeks ago.

The department requested she send blood samples along with necropsy samples from the dog that died.

Butera said the necropsy samples were sent to the University of California for comparison to samples of animals diagnosed with circovirus..."

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» Subject: Re: OH: Unidentified virus killing dogs

INVITATIONAL ALERT!!

You may have heard there has been a recent outbreak of illness in dogs in several areas around Ohio. The Executive Council is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the Ohio State Veterinarian for updates.

The EC has voted to continue with the Invitational. If we are notified of an outbreak in the immediate area of the Mingo Sportsman’s Club we will reevaluate the situation.

Here are the facts as we know them:
• Infected dogs present with severe vomiting, bloody diarrhea, extreme lethargy, neurological problems, a loss of appetite and if left untreated, acute vaculitis (when the body’s blood vessels become damaged and leak fluid into the body).
• Ohio State has ruled out common bacterial infections such as salmonella, campylobacter and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.
• While the state believes this is a viral and not bacterial infection, they are still waiting for test results from UC Davis. They hope to make a national announcement on Monday.
• Because of the unique symptoms, they suspect the viral contagion is dog circovirus (DogCV). Circovirus is a common virus in pigs, but not in dogs.
• Their best estimate on the incubation period is one to two days.
• They are evaluating all risk factors, but believe it is primarily spread through fecal material.
• The outbreaks have been reported in Akron, Canton, Youngstown and Cincinnati, Ohio; the closest being about 50 miles from the Mingo test grounds.
• If dogs are treated by a veterinarian early, their chances of survival are good.
• There are news stories that speculate dogs in other states may also have DogCV. Those stories have not been validated by officials.

We are asking all handlers to abide by the following precautions to reduce the risk to your dogs and to prevent spreading this to other areas of the U.S. and Canada:
• DO NOT let your dogs out at rest areas in Ohio, particularly in the affected areas!
• When taking your dogs on a bathroom break, avoid contact with other canine fecal matter and pick up and dispose of your dog’s feces. We will have bags widely available during the Invitational.
• Please bring your dog’s inoculation records with you. If your dog becomes ill, the treating veterinarian will want to know as much about your dog’s health history as possible.
• Please do not bring any additional dogs to the Invitational.
• If you see a sick dog, particularly on the Mingo grounds, report it to one of the field marshals immediately!
• Act as you would if this was a human flu outbreak: wash your hands frequently, wear clean clothes to the event, bag your dirty clothes when you go home and wash them in hot water to limit exposure locally. This is to prevent cross-contamination with other dogs. Hand sanitizer will be widely available during the Invitational.
• We strongly discourage the touching of other people’s dogs throughout the event.
• Handlers will not be allowed to bring their dogs to the opening or closing ceremonies. While we understand this will disappoint many of you, those two events present the greatest risk of cross contamination to your dogs and is a precaution we must implement.

We know how hard you’ve worked all summer to have a successful Invitational. These efforts are being taken to ensure that your dog goes home healthy enough for an equally successful hunting season.

Marilyn Vetter
NAVHDA President

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