November 7, 2013
New test can diagnose emerging strains of canine parvovirus
A new test developed at the Kansas State University Diagnostic Laboratory is leading to earlier detection of a severe --- and potentially fatal -- virus that affects dogs, especially puppies.
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious worldwide disease that involves both domestic and wild canines. It can be fatal in immunocompromised dogs or puppies that have not yet been vaccinated, said Richard Oberst, professor of diagnostic medicine and director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.