iBerkshires.Com reports the River Grove Dog Park and UNO Park have been closed by the Board of Health after a dog that had been at the park tested positive for parvovirus.
The virus does not affect humans but is highly contagious and deadly for canines and spread through feces. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, lethargy and weight loss. There is no treatment other than intensive veterinary support.
Preventive vaccination and boosters are recommended for dogs beginning at age 7 to 8 weeks.
The virus is very hardy and can live in soil contaminated by feces or organic matter for up to a year. It can only be killed by a diluted solution of household bleach.