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Viral infection kills stray dogs on Pulau Ubin

Pet owners advised against taking dogs there, urged to vaccinate them

Published on Aug 18, 2012 6:00 AM
Cyclists riding their bicycles in Pulau Ubin. Pet owners advised against taking dogs to the island, urged to vaccinate them. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

Do not take your dog to Pulau Ubin.

The advice comes from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) which said on Friday that several dogs were recently found dead on that island.

A post-mortem on one dog indicated it was afflicted with canine distemper virus (CDV), a contagious viral infection that affects the lungs, gut and nervous system.

Infection comes from contact with droplets, urine or faeces and objects contaminated with the discharge of an infected animal.

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