Parvovirus confirmed at Occupy San Francisco
2011-11-11 19:59:00 -0800
Where: 10 Market St San Francisco, CA 94105
The SF (San Francisco) SPCA in San Francisco has confirmed the presence of parvovirus in the Occupy San Francisco camp. A dog named "Hope" contracted the disease at Occupy SF and is currently receiving medical attention.
Parvo is a highly contagious and often fatal disease that mostly affects young dogs and puppies under the age of six months. Puppies and dogs need a series of vaccines to be immune from parvo. Until they reach 16-weeks of age and have received the complete series of shots, puppies are not immune and should not be allowed to walk on grassy areas or be near other dogs that have not been vaccinated. Parvo can live on the ground for many months and unvaccinated puppies can easily catch parvo from contact with an infected dog or area. Parvo can also be spread by shoes or clothes that can pick up the virus. The symptoms of parvo include vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Left untreated dogs can die from the disease.
Several suspected cases of kennel cough have also been reported at Occupy SF. Kennel cough is highly contagious especially in crowded, stressful conditions. Symptoms include dry, "honking" cough, nasal discharge and general malaise that may progress to pneumonia. The SF SPCA is very concerned about the spread of kennel cough throughout Occupy SF.
The SF SPCA is strongly encouraging future protesters to not bring their animals to the SF Occupy camp and for current protesters to look for stable housing for their pets outside of the camp.
In an effort to help keep the animals at Occupy SF healthy, the SF SPCA will be partnering with the San Francisco Animal Care and Control to host a veterinary clinic at no charge to Occupiers on Monday, November 14, 2011. If that is not an option, there are free veterinary services being offered. For more information on the clinic, call (415) 522-3564.