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Stamford Animal Shelter Warns of Fairfield County Dog Flu Outbreak

The outbreak originates in Danbury and cases have been noted as far as 50-miles away, according to information shared by the shelter.

An outbreak of canine Influenza has reached Fairfield County, according to the Stamford Animal Shelter Director Laurie Hollywood, who shared information made available by the South Wilton Animal Hospital.

According to the report, an outbreak originating in Danbury is responsible for cases as far as 50 miles away. Hollywood warned to get dogs vaccinated against the virus now, as the disease is highly contagious.

"Symptoms include coughing, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea," she said. "If you bring your dog to a dog park, it's very important to make sure your dog is vaccinated first."

Hollywood said the issue reached epidemic proportions approximately two years ago.

With the news of the outbreak breaking just before the weekend, Rippowam Animal Hospital reported no cases yet.

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