Hillsborough Co. animal shelter reports outbreak

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No new dogs are being accepted at the Hillsborough County animal shelter except under emergency circumstances due to an outbreak of two upper respiratory viruses.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ecElxz) reports that dogs will be accepted only if they are dangerous, sick or wounded, or have bitten someone until the virus has run its course in the kennels. No dogs will be euthanized for the time being.

The viruses had not been seen in the Tampa Bay area previously. They were identified after some sick animals and their neighbors in the shelter were tested by Cornell University. Shelter staff learned about the testing at Cornell after attending a symposium.

The viruses, pneumovirus and respiratory coronavirus, cause an illness similar to when a human gets the flu.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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