Dog owners in Cape Town are up in arms over a post on social media claiming there is an outbreak of the deadly parvovirus in the De Waal Park area. The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that manifest in symptoms resembling an upset stomach.
However, Resource Development and Communications Officer of the Animal Welfare Society (AWS), Allan Perrins said one case does not mean an outbreak. “We can’t confirm the outbreak at the moment,” he commented. One animal clinic says that while the disease is fatal, owners of vaccinated dogs need not be worried, via their Facebook page.
“Prevention is always better than cure,” Perrins said. “If you have vaccinated your dog, you have taken the necessary precaution and done all you can do.” His caution follows the news that at least one dog has died as a result of the virus.
Dog owners are advised to keep an eye on their dogs, and take them to a vet immediately if they notice any symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting or lack of appetite. Some residents in the De Waal Park area have also said they will steer clear of the parks and forests for the time being.