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Parvo cases dramatically increasing in Palm Beach County

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Palm Beach County has seen a rise in a painful and contagious viral disease in dogs.

Animal Care and Control says they've see a dramatic increase in parvo cases. Many infected animals are stray, abandoned or illegally bred.

The virus is very contagious. "We backtrack from our clinic to our lobby, to the parking lot, to where the car was parked, to make sure that we bleach and disinfect every area that the animal has been if it walked into our shelter," said Dianne Sauve, director of Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control.

Due to the cost and risk of keeping sick dogs with parvo in the shelter, sick dogs are often euthanized.

Parvo can be avoided with proper vaccinations. If your pet needs the Parvo vaccine, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League offers low-cost vaccinations.

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