EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- An outbreak of canine virus in the Puget Sound region has dog owners nervous.
The Everett Herald reports that parvovirus is highly contagious, can be deadly for young dogs and can live in dirty areas for a long time.
The discovery of the virus in the area prompted the cities of Everett and Mukilteo closed municipal off-leash dog parks this week. In Seattle, there has been a spike in the number of reported cases.
Washington State Veterinary Medicine Association spokesman Charlie Powell says parvovirus is in the environment all the time and that outbreaks occur sporadically.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and lethargy.