PORTLAND - Portland parks officials have closed part of Gabriel Park due to giardia.

Two dogs were diagnosed with the parasite, which lives in standing water and causes intenstinal distress.

Pet health and park safety are the most important factors in this precaution, PPRspokesman Mark Ross said. The temporary closure is at the recommendation of the state veterinarian, an expert on pet disease and health.

The winter off-leash area will be closed untilApril 12.

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