State officials have identified a mysterious dog illness in Michigan.

that has sickened and killed dozens of dogs across Michigan. The announcement from the Michigan Department

of Agriculture and Rural Development comes after a minimum of 30 animals died from 

the illness despite testing negative for it at one animal shelter in Ostego County.

Canine parvovirus spreads through faeces and causes symptoms like exhaustion, loss of appetite, and diarrhoea.

In a statement, State Veterinarian Nora Wineland said, "Canine parvovirus may be a severe and highly contagion in dogs."

"To help protect dogs from the virus, we've a highly effective vaccine."

Dogs that haven't been fully vaccinated against this virus are the foremost vulnerable,"

she added. "Dog owners throughout Michigan must work closely with their veterinarians to confirm that their 

dogs are vaccinated properly and receive timely boosters to stay their pets safe and healthy."