NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The River Grove Dog Park and UNO Park have been closed by the Board of Health after a dog that had been at the park tested positive for parvovirus.
The virus does not affect humans but is highly contagious and deadly for canines and spread through feces. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, lethargy and weight loss. There is no treatment other than intensive veterinary support.
Preventive vaccination and boosters are recommended for dogs beginning at age 7 to 8 weeks.
The virus is very hardy and can live in soil contaminated by feces or organic matter for up to a year. It can only be killed by a diluted solution of household bleach.
The city issued a CodeRed about the park closure on Friday and signs have posted stating it will be closed for two weeks. UNO Community Center posted on its Facebook page that its park also will be closed for two weeks, until Friday, Oct. 16, and yellow tape has been strung around the park.
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Plans in Place for Demolition, Remediation of North Adams Dry Cleaners
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former Sun Cleaners at 111 River St. will be demolished and the less than quarter-acre property cleaned up.
The city took possession of the former dry cleaning shop in 2019 as part of a portfolio of properties transferred by the now-dissolved Housing Opportunities Inc.
The agreement was that the city would only take the property if any contamination could be removed at no cost to North Adams. That had been expected to come out of funds from Housing Opportunities also being transferred to the city but instead will come out of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's brownfields revolving loan fund.
The Berkshires could get up to 8 inches of rain over the next few days. Parts of eastern New York and Southern Vermont are in line for up to 4 inches. Peak wind gusts through the Berkshire range could reach up to 80 mph.
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