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Posted on: November 1, 2019

Burke County Animal Services is not under an active quarantine

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Burke County Animal Services is not under an active quarantine. On Saturday, October 26, 2019, a dog in our care began vomiting and subsequently tested positive for parvo. Staff immediately took steps to sanitize and deep clean all surfaces that he may have come in contact with. On Thursday, October 31, 2019, another dog in our care began exhibiting symptoms consistent with parvovirus for which he tested positive. At that point, staff tested all dogs in kennels surrounding the positive dog, and all dogs who may have come in direct contact with him. No other dogs have tested positive for parvovirus. The entire shelter was deep cleaned and sanitized on Thursday and Friday (today), and we are currently monitoring all dogs in the facility. Additionally, we are working with rescue groups to move dogs out of the facility. We are actively seeking foster homes for any new dogs coming into the shelter while we continue our efforts to eliminate the virus. Parvovirus is not an uncommon disease in shelter settings, and all possible precautions have been and are being taken.

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