Flu like illness temporarily closes Madison County Humane Society

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. -{May 22, 2015}    Citing an unknown virus, the Madison County Humane Society has closed one part of their facility until further notice. Officials have been dealing with a virus that has left many of the animals with flu-like symptoms.

Officials have been working with veterinarians from Purdue University  to clean and disinfect the living quarters where much of their pet population has been stricken.

While the pet housing area will be closed, the administrative offices will be remain open for normal business.

Officials have not determined when they will be able to re-open the effected areas.

Staff is not sure how the virus was brought into the shelter, because the symptoms do not show up right away.  The main symptoms are coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal discharge, and lethargy.

Experts say there is not a specific treatment, because it is a viral disease.  Meaning the illness can spread very easily and be passed on to other dogs.  Staff says the bacteria can travel up to 75 feet.

Staff members have been working quickly to sanitize the entire shelter, hoping to get rid of the virus.

If you are interested in donating money, or supplies to the shelter. Follow the link below.

http://thecompassionatecoder.com/mchs/