Officials in frantic search to identify mystery disease killing Ohio dogs

September 12, 2013OHIOVeterinarians, health officials and dog owners are alarmed by the mysterious recent deaths of four dogs in Ohio. Some experts suspect the dogs may have died a few days after exposure to a virus that’s normally found in pigs. Three dogs in the Cincinnati area and a fourth dog near Akron died in August after exhibiting symptoms that included vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “We feel obligated to make sure pet owners are aware this is happening,” Erica Hawkins, communications director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, told the Dispatch. “Supportive therapies can be helpful if started early enough.” The three dogs from Cincinnati died last month after staying in the same kennel. The Akron dog that died was one of several in the Akron-Canton area that showed the same symptoms. A stool sample from the Akron dog tested positive for canine circovirus, a recently isolated virus. Circoviruses are spherical viruses (grouped within the family Circoviridae) that are commonly found in birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication Emerging Infectious Diseases. Until recently, the only mammals known to carry circoviruses were pigs. But in 2012, a 1-year-old dog in California was brought to the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital after being kenneled for three weeks. The dog had bloody diarrhea and was vomiting; because of the poor prognosis, the dog was euthanized and its tissue was sampled to determine the cause of death.
The tissue analysis showed that the dog had a new type of circovirus named DogCV. “Our results indicate that circovirus, alone or in co-infection with other pathogens, might contribute to illness and death in dogs,” the report stated. Not all infected dogs died, and the virus has been seen in dogs that appear healthy, indicating that some dogs may have an immunity to the virus. Viruses and bacteria that commonly infect just one animal species can evolve and “jump” from that species to another; this process is known as zoonosis. Medical experts believe that influenza, HIV, Ebola and dozens of other zoonotic diseases once only infected pigs, apes or other animals, but these viruses are now common among humans. Bats, in particular, are known as carriers of viral infections: Recent research suggests bats are reservoirs for more than 60 viruses that can also infect humans, and host more viruses per species than even rodents do. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is continuing to investigate the death of the four dogs in the state. “The laboratory confirmation [of circovirus] is important because the virus is newly isolated, however we are not prepared at this time to confirm that canine circovirus is the cause of the dog illnesses,” state veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey said in a statement. Live Science
contribution by Jenny M.
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6 Responses to Officials in frantic search to identify mystery disease killing Ohio dogs

  1. curi56 says:

    In Romania Dogs and Cats seen on streets are brutally killed by mob….
    People Forget their responsibility for Dogs and cats –
    and now I read this article here …
    I am in sorror
    Annamaria

  2. MarkS says:

    It’s hard for people to think outside the box… even health professionals. This shows how intelligent that these people, and consequently, how good the health-system educhumukational system really is. It’s all like ‘this is how it is’… and the students, now ‘professionals’, all go ‘sure! gulp!’

  3. Vicki Brady says:

    Bats are rodents too. Just sayin’.

  4. Wendy says:

    Get your animals on a virus killer like Silver Biotics! Get smarter than these UNNATURAL VETS out there.

  5. Randy Philo says:

    Has anyone even considered what brand dog food these animals have eaten? I have heard that most major brands have had one recall or another… All this was put together because of four dog deaths? I just find it hard to believe … And the statement the dog was euthanized and then tested for cause of death? (should have been what caused it’s illness) what caused it’s death was… YOU KILLED IT so you could cut it up and test it….

  6. KR says:

    Probably ate contaminated food – Iams and Eukaneuba issued recalls in mid August for possible salmonella contamination – quite sure this is what caused my dog’s death, despite 4 days of vet treatment and hospitalization. If your dog won’t eat LISTEN to them and investigate, this is not normal behaviour for them.

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