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Monday May 23, 2022

Miami-Dade County has issued a warning about the spread of a new highly contagious virus

Miami-Dade County Animal Services has issued a warning to dog owners and urged them to avoid taking their pets to public places due to an infectious disease that has spread across South Florida.

There is a contagious disease in dogs across South Florida called Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC). It’s like canine flu or canine cold.

According to the Veterinary Nurse’s website, CIRDC is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted through the aronasal route, inhalation and direct contact.

“A disease caused by multiple viruses and bacteria that often infect dogs’ respiratory tract and can lead to serious infections, including pneumonia,” said Dr. Maria Serrano, chief veterinarian of the Miami-Dade County Animal Service.

A number of CIRDC cases have been reported across South FL recently. We urge dog owners to consult with their veterinarian to help protect their pets from the spread of the virus by keeping their dogs present in regular vaccinations and avoiding settings with multiple dogs. pic.twitter.com/7tTUlaxTwn

– Miami-Dead County Animal Service (dAdoptMiamiPets) March 22, 2022

NBC Miami reports:

A county alert dog owners have had to keep an eye out for the recent increase in the number of canine infectious respiratory disease complexes across South Florida.

Miami-Dade Animal Services urges owners to keep their pets in the current vaccination routine to protect their pets from the spread of the virus by avoiding dog parks or other areas with multiple dogs and visiting their veterinarian.

MDAS is suspending space and neuter surgery, including vaccination and microchipping, at its wellness clinic, owner surrender and offsite pet adoption event.

CIRDC is highly contagious and can pose a serious health risk to dogs. The disease can spread rapidly in dogs that live together or in close proximity to kennels, dog parks or outdoor facilities.

CIRDC is spread through direct contact with an infected dog and through contact with people who have been exposed to the virus. The virus can be transmitted to human clothing, hands, and items such as food and water bowls, collars, gloves, toys, and bedding.

Coughing dogs create a viral fog that can go up to 20 feet or more. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing and discharge from the nose and / or eyes.

If you think your dog is showing signs of CIRDC, contact your veterinarian immediately. The virus is easily killed by washing hands, washing clothes and bedding, as well as washing dishes and toys, with most disinfectants and soaps.

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