In recent times, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported 10 cases of a mysterious illness affecting dogs. These cases have sparked an investigation by health officials to determine the origin of the disease and how far it has spread throughout the county.
The respiratory illness, known as Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease, is characterized by coughing, nasal discharge, sneezing, and lethargy. Despite showing symptoms similar to those of common viruses and bacteria, dogs are testing negative on the respiratory panel used for these conditions. This has added another layer of complexity to the investigation.
County health officials are taking proactive measures in order to contain the spread of the disease. They are contacting the owners of sick dogs in an effort to identify the source of the infection. Additionally, they are working with federal and state agencies to coordinate their investigative efforts. If a dog is showing symptoms of the illness, owners are advised to contact their veterinarian and isolate their dog at home for a minimum of 28 days. Furthermore, dogs that have been in contact with an infected dog should undergo a 14-day quarantine at home, away from other dogs.
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