Dog Flu Found In Florida, Health Officials Report

Jun 01, 2017, 01:14
Dog Flu Found In Florida, Health Officials Report

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Tuesday that seven cases of H3N2 canine influenza have been confirmed in the state.

The first cases of dog flu have been reported in seven dogs And six others are pending.

The affected dogs are in stable condition and are mainly being treated by veterinarians in central and north Florida, the school said.

Dogs testing positive for the H3N2 canine influenza virus (CIV) strain were either at the Perry, Georgia dog show May 19-21 or the Deland, Florida dog show the following weekend, or were exposed to dogs who were present at these shows.

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The virus was first discovered in the U.S.in dogs living in Chicago in 2015.

Pet owners are being urged to keep an eye out for symptoms in their dogs, including coughing, sneezing, fever, decreased appetite and lethargic behavior. Most dogs can recuperate at home. The flu is not typically fatal to dogs and can not spread to humans.

Despite not being spreadable to humans, the dog flu can infect cats, the Herald reported. The doctors have informed that dogs are in stable condition and the flu is not considered to be fatal for dogs and can not spread to humans.

Most dogs do not have immunity to H3N2 CIV.

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If you think your dog has the virus, call you veterinarian.

Dogs that aren't around kennels are at low risk, the UF school said.

Most veterinary offices in South Florida already offer the H3N8 vaccine which may offer some cross protection, but the best way to help stop the spread of the virus is to immediately quarantine any infected dog for four weeks. Outbreaks typically occur in places where pets are in close contact, like kennels and grooming parlors.

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