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New Parvovirus Strain

posted: 16/May/2017

You may recently have seen media reports stating that there has been a new type of canine parvovirus (canine parvovirus 2c or CPV-2c) identified in Australia. There have been confirmed cases in South Australia and Victoria, but only suspected cases in Queensland and the Northern Territory. 

Although this virus strain is new to Australia, it has been present in many overseas countries since 2000, and is very closely related to strains that have been present in Australia for the past 40 years. 

The advice we have received from our vaccine supplier Boehringer Ingelheim is that other countries that have this particular strain of the virus, as well as specific scientific studies, have shown that the current vaccines we use are effective in providing protection against canine parvovirus 2c (CPV-2c).  Similarly, although concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of tests used to detect infection, studies have shown these too are effective for the new parvovirus strain. 

Animals infected with the CPV-2c strain will present similar symptoms to the known parvovirus.  These symptoms are listed below.

Signs and Symptoms of Parvovirus:

  • Sudden, severe vomiting 
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Rapid weight loss

So what do you need to do? 

If your dog is up-to-date with its vaccinations at your local Greencross Vets, you do not need to do anything. However, if your dog is unvaccinated or not up-to-date, now is the time to schedule an appointment with us. If you unsure what your dog’s vaccination status is, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Greencross Vets to confirm these details.  

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