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New Mexico animal shelter sees distemper outbreak

August 12, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An animal shelter in southern New Mexico is battling an unusual outbreak of canine distemper.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports officials say around two dozen dogs believed to be infected with distemper recently were euthanized at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley.

In addition, seven dogs at the shelter have tested positive for distemper and are being treated.

Clint Thacker, the center’s executive director, says distemper occurs frequently at public shelters. But he says what makes this outbreak unusual is the large number of animals sent by the shelter to rescue organizations that developed distemper symptoms after arriving at rescue facilities.

Distemper is a contagious virus and can be fatal if not caught early and treated. Dogs usually become infected through airborne exposure from sneezing or coughing.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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