The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley has resumed all dog adoptions after having addressed an outbreak of Giardia, an intestinal parasite. Medical Director Dr. Susan Baiz said the treatment regimen that began April 28 was successful, and the most recent sample testing of the population came back negative. The ASCMV’s cat population never showed signs of infection. The cats are kept in a separate area of the building from the dog populations. ASCMV Executive Director Clint Thacker said he appreciates the community’s patience while the outbreak was addressed. He also sent his thanks to those members
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is suspending all adoptions for 20 days while staff works with the New Mexico Department of Health to address an outbreak of Giardia, an intestinal parasite. Dr. Susan Baiz is the facility’s medical director, and she is overseeing the medical response in close coordination with Executive Director Clint Thacker, who cancelled a planned vacation to remain on site. “Giardia is the most commonly diagnosed intestinal parasite in the United States,” Thacker said. “The most common transmission is drinking contaminated water. However, feces is the next most common transmission method.