Researchers at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered a new strain of the canine distemper virus – meaning the once well-controlled virus may need new measures taken.
The new strain of the canine distemper virus was first seen in 2011 in several southeastern states. Researchers immediately started studying the virus, and their findings were shocking: the strain deviated itself from the known strains of canine distemper.
As of now, it is unknown if the current canine distemper vaccine will be enough for this new strain. Further research is needed to determine this strain’s strength.
How To Keep Your Dog Safe
Until more information is revealed about this new strain of the canine distemper virus, it is imperative to keep your dog up-to-date on his/her canine distemper vaccination. Studies have shown that this new strain of canine distemper virus was found in dogs without a vaccination record and in dogs with an inconsistent vaccination record.
What Is Canine Distemper?
Canine distemper is a highly-contagious, deadly virus that is spread through the air and through direct and indirect contact with infected animals.
The virus first attacks the dog’s lymph nodes and tonsils, and then it attacks the dog’s gastrointestinal, nervous, respiratory, and urogenital systems.
Symptoms include coughing, diarrhea, discharge from eyes and nose, high fever, lethargy, red eyes, and vomiting. Once the virus attacks the dog’s nervous system, hysteria, seizures, and paralysis are likely.
There is no cure for canine distemper.
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