Animal shelter accepting dogs agian after illness outbreak

8:34 AM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Friday, officials with the Fairfax County Animal Shelter reported one dog died from and approximately a dozen dogs showed symptoms of an upper respiratory illness (URI) with one case of fatal pneumonia. Due to concerns it could be a virus known as Canine Influenza, staff members were working with veterinarians on a treatment program and containment plan.

The shelter stopped accepting dogs because there were no secure areas to keep them from being exposed to URI.

Wednesday, we were told that the animal shelter was accepting dogs again on Tuesday. Test results showed that it wasn't CIV, say officials, and all the dogs that were sick have showed improvement.

The entire shelter has been cleaned and sanitized, according to officials.

A month-long adoption promotion will go on as planned on Thursday.

According to officials, Canine flu will not cause illness in humans and it cannot be transmitted from dogs to humans. However, humans can carry the virus on their hands and clothes, and can potentially be transmitted to a pet. 

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