Meet the virus scientists have known about since the 1970s that’s still killing dogs

While coronavirus bedevils humans around the world this year, dog owners have been quietly dealing with a deadly canine contagion for decades.
Parvovirus, first identified in the 1970s, is both highly contagious and difficult to contain. Dogs initially died at alarming rates. The virus spread quickly, and did not discriminate by age, breed or sex.
Despite decades of knowledge of the disease, outbreaks continue to occur with deadly consequences.
However, those outbreaks have become less common…

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