Update on the Canine H3N2 Flu Virus

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There is a new dog flu virus or Canine influenza that has been reported in several states in the United States causing dog experts to take notice of the outbreak. The flu is connected to a H3N2 virus that have effected many dogs in some parts of Asia. It is an avian flu virus that adapted to infect dogs. This virus has a low chance of effecting humans but over time it has the potential evolve and become dangerous to pet owner’s health.

Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) has been monitoring this virus nationwide and found it touching down in several states: California, Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Michigan.

A Chicagoan dog went to Texas and allowed the flu to spread to a point of effecting thousands of dogs.

Experts urge dog owners to be very cautious of the health of their pets. The virus spreads from dog-to-dog by their noses so your pets interaction with other animals should be limited. The warning signs for this disease are fever, cover, and lack of appetite. The morality rate for this flu is 3% and there is no vaccine available to treat this specific flu. It can be treated with antibiotics and fluids. The younger dogs are the most at risk for danger.

I advise dog owners to look for more updates on this disease and ask their local veterinarian for more info on how they can protect their dogs.

Sources:

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/05/new-canine-flu-detected-several-more-states

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/05/20/dog-flu-h3n2-spreads-midwest/27638073/

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canine/

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Texas-Veterinarians-Concerned-About-Dog-Flu-303665041.html

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