Dozens of dogs killed by parvo-like illness in Michigan

The ailment first emerged in Otsego County in northern Michigan, but has since expanded further north, .

according to the state's animal experts. Its symptoms are similar to those of canine parvovirus

According to the Baker Institute for Animal Health, parvo is a highly contagious viral disease of dogs that causes severe gastrointestinal distress in puppies.

The newly discovered virus is thought to have originated in Louisiana. Dogs die within days after symptoms.

The ailment first emerged in Otsego County in northern Michigan, but has since expanded further north, .

As of Thursday, the illness had claimed more than 30 dogs in Clare County alone. It is unknown how the virus spreads.

Questions arise in your mind what dogs are affected by the virus? This virus primarily affects puppies and elderly dogs.

If You want to keep your dog safe from a parvo like virus, the pet owners vaccinate their animals against the virus.