City of Wichita Falls Animal Services receives distemper lab results

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Lab results are back concerning the canine distemper outbreak at the City of Wichita Falls Animal Services center.

At last check, there was a total of 9 dogs suspected to have distemper and another 6 were being kept in isolation under observation. Now we’re told more than 9 dogs were tested for the contagious virus.

Officials at the center tell us the lab results showed that canine distemper was not detected in the samples given but this does not mean the dogs do not have distemper.

Distemper is a highly contagious airborne virus, passed from dog to dog through direct contact with fresh urine, blood or saliva. It’s also a progressive virus, meaning it travels through the animal’s body and finally reaches the neurological system, affecting the brain the lab results show the virus didn’t spread to the brain.

However, officials at the center still encourage people to get their dogs vaccinated if they’ve adopted from the center recently.

The P.E.T.S. Clinic will be providing free distemper booster for people on government assistance through to the end of the month. People who can afford to pay the cost is 15 dollars.

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