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Canine Influenza Outbreak

iPhone Photos 027Earlier this month, an outbreak causing respiratory symptoms swept through the dog population of Chicago, bolstered by the increase in boarding and doggie day care over spring break.  Over 1100 dogs have been afflicted in the Midwest, and six dogs have died so far from the disease. The culprit has been identified as influenza A H3N2. This virus is new to the United States, but has been a canine pathogen in Asia since 2007. A previous canine influenza virus, influenza A H3N8, had been identified in 2004, when it caused an outbreak among a population of greyhounds. This virus is thought to have mutated from a horse-specific virus, and is now endemic in the US.

With the emergence of a new canine influenza outbreak within the US, it is important to be aware of how you can keep your pet protected, as well as the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.
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