250 dogs die at Bishnupur; doctors reason it to be a parvovirus outbreak

BISHNUPUR: Over 250 dogs were found dead in the last 3 days at Bishnupur in Bankura. The majority of the deaths were of pups. The Bishnupur Municipality provided data that 62 dogs had died on Wednesday, 96 on Thursday, and till late over 100 deaths occurred on Friday.

250 dogs die mysteriously, their symptoms aim to the canine parvovirus surge in the area.

(Source: www.siasat.com)

The veterinary doctors claim that the deaths of the dogs may be due to the outcome of the canine parvovirus outbreak in the area, which is a highly contagious disease that spreads from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with faeces. This disease is common at this time of the year, especially during weather fluctuation.

The virus has led to multiple deaths across the state including Kolkata, but nowhere else and the number of deaths has been increasing alarmingly.

“We have reported the incident to the district and the state health department authorities. From Saturday, large-scale announcements will be conducted across the town, to make people aware of the disease and to eradicate the air of panic among the residents,” said Dibyendu Banerjee, the chairman of Bishnupur Municipality.

Almost all the dogs had the same following symptoms: severe diarrhoea, vomiting, and coughing blood. Senior doctors of Bishnupur Veterinary Hospital are yet to analyze the dead bodies. The doctors have reported that the symptoms converge to a canine parvovirus outbreak in the area. Arrangements have been done to bury the carcasses in the Katadhar dumping ground, located in the outskirts of Bishnupur.

The doctors have assured that the disease does not pass on to humans and other animals. It is prevalent among dogs only.

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