HAGERSTOWN -- A Humane Society of Washington County official said Thursday she is concerned about a "really serious" problem developing locally with parvovirus, an extremely contagious disease in dogs that can be fatal.
The shelter issued a press release Wednesday saying there have been four cases of parvovirus in animals that have been brought to the Maugansville Road shelter.
On Thursday, the number of cases rose to five when the disease was confirmed in a 4-month-old stray puppy that was brought to the shelter, said Katherine Cooker, manager of development and community relations at the shelter.
Dogs younger than 6 months old and frail, older dogs are most susceptible to parvo, the release said.
Parvovirus, commonly referred to as parvo, is transmitted through direct exposure to feces containing the virus or by exposure to an infected animal, the release said.