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Dog at Adams Co. SPCA tests positive for parvo

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Adams County SPCA announced that a stray dog tested positive for positive for canine parvovirus, a highly contagious disease that's spread only between dogs.

The shelter posted about the incident on its Facebook page on Wednesday. "We will be closed for dog adoptions until further notice," they said. "We are taking all necessary precautions for our animals, as well as the public's animals."

They added that "parvo is a serious disease and can kill within a matter of days." It is 80 percent fatal. The Adams County SPCA reminded its Facebook fans that "a simple vaccination can prevent the disease."

The shelter was quarantined in December after a stray pit bull, who was vaccinated for parvo when he arrived at the shelter, died 16 days later. This was for the first time in the shelter's 35-year history that they were quarantined. 

The disease did not spread to any other dogs at the shelter but they did repave their yard in an effort to ensure it did not spread. 

Experts say the parvovirus cannot be spread to cats or other animals. The shelter is open for cat adoptions.

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