Cumberland County sees spike in canine virus

    Dog owners in Cumberland County, N.J., have been advised to start their puppies on vaccinations early to prevent the canine parvovirus.

    The county SPCA has seen a spike in the virus, which can be fatal.

    Though the Press of Atlantic City reports the shelters in Ocean and Cape May counties haven’t seen an uptick, officials in Cumberland County say about a dozen dogs have died in the last few weeks from the virus that’s spread through infected feces.

    The virus poses no threat to humans, but even after treatment leaves only a 40 to 50 percent survival rate for dogs.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.