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Posted on: April 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Distemper Virus Warning

Odessa Animal Control has identified animals that have been exposed to the distemper virus in their facility. After taking in a dog that was carrying the distemper virus, the facility has followed previously established protocols to eradicate the virus. Remaining animals have been quarantined and isolated in a separate building to identify any that may be carrying the virus. 

Local veterinarians and rescues have expressed a concern over distemper and parvo viruses that are continuing to spread in the West Texas area at an alarming rate. Odessa Animal Control highly encourages vaccination of pets for rabies, distemper and parvo virus, feline Leukemia, keep all pets contained and do not allow to run at large, and if you suspect your pet is ill please contact your local vet.

Possible symptoms of distemper are: Fever, eye and nasal discharge, lethargy, loss of appetite, sneezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea and involuntary twitches. The Odessa Police Department Animal Control Division is committed to fighting these deadly viruses.  As pet owners, following inoculation schedules are a major contributing factor in the containment and prevention of the disease.

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