IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis


20th December, 2021 Health

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  • Nearly 2,000 pet and stray dogs in Amravati city were affected by canine parvovirus virus last month with veterinarians cautioning pet owners against a severe outbreak.



  • It is a highly contagious viral disease that can also be life-threatening in puppies and dogs.
  • Parvovirus affects the intestinal tract of canines with puppies being more susceptible.
  • Symptoms: Bloody diarrhoea, vomiting, drastic weight loss, dehydration and lethargy are some of the symptoms.
  • The virus has reported a 90 per cent mortality rate.
  • The highly contagious virus spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or by indirect contact with a contaminated object, including the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs.
  • Treatment: Parvovirus has no cure and inoculating a puppy or a dog gives them a fighting chance against the infection. To properly protect canines, it is necessary to administer the vaccine to them while they are puppies and then continue to do the same every year.