Oh, you're thinking of Circovirus
This is a very new disease that has gotten a lot of publicity lately. There are only a handful of cases reported that actually tested positive for this. There was a pocket of severe cases in Ohio and recently a couple cases in MI and out east.
The disease is a virus that we think is transmit from one dog to another via fecal-oral contamination. The signs are quire variable and non-specific. We see vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, decreased appetite, shock, dehydration and many times death
. One thing that makes it different is that we seem to also get skin lesions. We get vasculitis- inflammation of blood vessels. This can lead to bruises and bleeding
under the skin. That is something that makes this virus look different.
We don't have a known treatment yet. We basically treat them symptomatically just as we would the many other virus diseases that can infect dogs and cause vomiting/ diarrhea. If caught early and treated aggressively, they can survive. At this point, it does seem that the fatality rate is running higher than our other typical viral diseases.
There is still a lot to learn, but that is what we know at this point.