Published: Jan 16, 2014 5:54 AM EST

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) - An outbreak of parvovirus has closed one of Manatee County's animal shelters.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said Wednesday that the shelter's closure is an infection control measure.
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness in dogs.
Officials say at least two dogs have contracted parvovirus at the shelter. It's unclear how long the shelter will be closed.
The Bradenton Herald ( reports that Adoptable animals are no longer co-mingled with others at the shelter, to render infection control easier.
Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald ,

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