Any more in­for­ma­tion on the dis­tem­per out­break?

Cyprus Today - - LETTERS -

THE ar­ti­cle in last Satur­day’s pa­per (Cyprus To­day, April 7) about Kyre­nia An­i­mal Res­cue (KAR) and the out­break of dis­tem­per is not only shock­ing and up­set­ting to read but also raises many ques­tions for pet own­ers about the out­break of the dis­ease. Does the gov­ern­ment vet or any vets have any ad­vice for us?

I know KAR are do­ing their best to quar­an­tine their dogs, but should we be ad­vised to do the same? For ex­am­ple re­strict­ing walks with our dogs to our im­me­di­ate area, and not go­ing fur­ther afield where we might meet other dogs from dif­fer­ent vil­lages?

I have checked my pet’s book and see she has had the dis­tem­per/par­vovirus vac­ci­na­tion, but sev­eral years ago. The in­ter­net tells me: “DA2PP is a com­bi­na­tion vac­cine for your dog that pro­tects against four pri­mary canine dis­eases — dis­tem­per, ade­n­ovirus2, parain­fluenza and par­vovirus. Be­cause these dis­eases can be deadly and do not have cures, reg­u­lar vac­ci­na­tion is rec­om­mended to re­duce your pooch’s risk, though it is not re­quired.”

If ad­di­tional vac­ci­na­tions are re­quired, I would like to com­ply but fear the risk of con­tam­i­na­tion by sit­ting in a crowded wait­ing room.

My sym­pa­thy goes out to the vol­un­teer work­ers at KAR at this dis­tress­ing time; hope­fully the dis­ease has been con­tained, but where did it be­gin? Jean Clark Kara­man Ed­i­tor’s note: For the lat­est on the dis­tem­per out­break, see our story on page 1.

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